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Questions to ask my doctor on pre-surgery consultation Questions to ask my doctor on pre-surgery consultation

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Unread 08-31-2009, 08:55 PM
Questions to ask my doctor on pre-surgery consultation

Can anyone give me suggestions on a list of questions that I should ask my doctor on my pre-surgery consultation? I am nervous. Should I include my husband? I always feel funny having a little notebook to ask all my questions.
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Unread 08-31-2009, 09:01 PM
Re: Questions to ask my doctor on pre-surgery consultation

I have to say, from what I read, in books from the library, and what I read here, I had few questions for my Dr.

Most important thing is to be totally honest with your Dr about your lifestyle. The guidelines are general guidelines. Not all of us live that life. I do not. So, the "yes you can be back out there in one week" comment did not apply to me.

So, my best advice, talk with your Dr. about your life. Make sure that he/she listens to you and gives you advice based on you, not others.

Unread 08-31-2009, 09:40 PM
Re: Questions to ask my doctor on pre-surgery consultation

There is a great list of questions for your doctor in Pre-Op Checkpoints that you can start off with:

Questions for your Doctor

My DH and I went to my pre-op appointment armed with a notebook filled with questions and as I asked them, my DH wrote down what my doctor said so I could refer back to them.

Best wishes!

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Unread 08-31-2009, 09:51 PM
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I went today armed with my notebook, since you kind of go blank during the visit. i asked about the preparation needed, what to expect, for some anti anxiety medicines, as well as having her explain to my husband the limitations I faced during recovery, so he could be better prepared, and know that that was what was necessary for my recovery. I explained all of my fears, and she was great! It definitely helps to have a notebook!
Unread 08-31-2009, 10:01 PM
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I typed out questions on the computer and made a copy for the doctor so we could go over them together and wrote down the answers as we went through them. He told me he would rather me ask 100 questions than wonder about something after the fact. This site helped a lot. As I read through things, I typed out questions to ask.
Unread 08-31-2009, 10:43 PM
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I printed out the HS list of questions and added a few of mine and DH's (such as, will the procedure affect the pathology reports? How long until I can do yoga?). DH came to the appointment and the doctor was happy to see us both there.
Unread 09-01-2009, 01:48 PM
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I went in with a list of questions for my use. The doctor confiscated my list and thanked me for helping him guide his pre op discussion. He said it makes the visit much more efficient for everyone. I hadn't planned on him seeing the list it was raw and not really organized but neither was my brain at the time.
I would say yes to bringing your husband. Mine never attended doctors appointments until recently. He hates doctors, hospitals, illness, waiting, but he does admit feeling better being involved in pre-op visit. We've been to three together and he surprises me with his questions. It helps me to understand where is head is at. It also helps them take on the role as your caretaker and health proxy for when you need assistance.
Unread 09-01-2009, 01:58 PM
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I just asked my husband if he wanted to go to my pre-op appt tomorrow and he said he didn't think it was really necessary, I could tell him everything. I said that was fine. He'll miss enough work with the surgery and recovery anyway. But I am bringing a list of questions incase my Dr doesn't cover everything. I'm already starting to get nervous and my mind is really wandering lately. Hopefully that is normal!
Unread 09-01-2009, 02:33 PM
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You've got a lot on your mind at this time, so it's no surprise that it's hard to stay focused. Taking a list of questions is a great idea. I used the one on this site and modified it a little. My husband wanted to go with me and I was so glad he did. First of all, it helped for him to hear about the surgery and recovery from the dr. Mostly though, I was relieved to have him there when the dr. said he was worried about finding ovarian cancer and was rescheduling the surgery so an oncologist could assist him. I was dazed by the information and was glad I had hubby there to lean on.
Unread 09-01-2009, 03:17 PM
Re: Questions to ask my doctor on pre-surgery consultation

Everyone has to do what is best for their circumstances. My husband joined me for the first pre-op because I was unable to drive myself and he was off that day so it worked out. Since he comes because of the complications. Good luck at your preop try not to be to nervous

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