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Unread 11-11-2010, 06:33 PM
No Post-Op Appointments? (and other surprises)

Has anybody else been told that they won't be having/needing any post-op appointments? My doctor said that there really just wasn't a need or reason for me to have any. I thought that was kinda weird? Everything I've heard and read about other people's experiences points to having multiple post-op appointments. I know that if I run into any problems or have any concerns that I can always call, email, or make an appointment anyway, but I guess I was hoping to pre-schedule some sort of post-op appointment if for nothing more than to get a little reassurance that everything is healing properly.

I also got some other interesting answers to some of my questions, again, totally different than everything I've heard/read: I don't need to stop taking any OTC medications/vitamins/supplements prior to surgery. There are no restrictions on baths or exercise after surgery. Most of his patients feel at 90% by two weeks, and he's even had patients go back to work the very next day after surgery. (BUH?!?!) There's no reason I should need stool softeners or gas meds for after. Often OTC pain pills are enough to take care of any and all post-op pain. And so on and so forth.

Gosh, I really like this rosy picture he's painting, but it seems in such contrast to most people's reality. I'm still planning and preparing for all the just-in-cases, though. It'll be interesting to see how it all REALLY plays out in the end.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 06:38 PM
Re: No Post-Op Appointments? (and other surprises)

What kind of hyst are you having? My doc has said the same thing regarding the 2 week recovery...I've got my preop scheduled for Monday with her, so I can't wait to see what she says on everything else. I'm having the SILS hyst.
Unread 11-11-2010, 06:43 PM
Re: No Post-Op Appointments? (and other surprises)

If everything goes as planned, I'll be having a TLH/BSO.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 07:44 PM
Re: No Post-Op Appointments? (and other surprises)

Never heard of not having a post op appt. It's covered as part of the surgery cost and there's no co-payment, so why wouldn't a patient want an opportunity to see the doctor? And since you're getting a total hysterectomy, which means you'll have stitches in your vagina, why wouldn't he want to look at them to see how you're healing?

Puzzling. I dunno, I had a different surgical procedure, but still, I had no abdominal incision, yet needed narcotics for 3 days, and I'm just getting back to work at 3 weeks. During my recovery, not only did my doctor instruct me not to exercise (the thought of that is funny), but I couldn't bend, lift, do housework or drive. When you review the post op section look for folks who have had the same procedure you're having.
Unread 11-11-2010, 07:52 PM
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Find a new Doctor !
Unread 11-11-2010, 07:59 PM
Re: No Post-Op Appointments? (and other surprises)

I agree, find a new doctor. I am only having one post-op appointment at 6 weeks but I was told to contact him if I was having any difficulties at all. One thing that I have learned from reading this site is that everyone reacts to this surgery in a different way. Some of us still need narcotics weeks after and some of us are just fine with over counter meds beginning on the second day. There is no way to predict how you will be. I would be very leery of a doctor that tells you someone has gone back to work the next day after a hysterectomy.
Unread 11-11-2010, 08:11 PM
Re: No Post-Op Appointments? (and other surprises)

I have to agree as well. At least talk to another doctor. I was discharged this afternoon and was told to see him in 2 weeks. And even tho I have a desk job said I would be out of work 4 to 6 weeks (hoping to get clearance at 4). Just like everyone heals differently, I know doctors instructions are different as well, but I really would talk to another doctor.
Unread 11-11-2010, 08:30 PM
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Mine will be abdominal. However, I have had 4 laps and 2 d&cs. I had a post op visits for each one. In some cases, multiple ones because I had a few complications on a couple of the surgeries. You need to get a new dr. He sounds like a quack. I wouldn't want someone to not let me know the reality and check me.

I have already scheduled my first post op appt on the 23rd to remove the staples.
Unread 11-11-2010, 10:52 PM
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I had a LAVH/BSO. The Dr. told me he wished all was as easy as mine. He had me come back at 2 and 6 weeks. Also, had the no lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk, no bath for 6 weeks. I took prescription pain med for 4 days after. Felt good enough to help with and attend my grandmother's b-day party 3 days after, but I went for 2 hours to help (mostly sitting and arranging centerpieces) during morning. Went home for 2 hours to nap, and back for the party for another 2 hours. There was no way I could have stayed the whole day. I began getting my classroom ready at 3 weeks and could definitely tell that I couldn't/shouldn't lift or bend. Going back to work fulltime at 7 weeks wiped me out. It took me 2 more months to make it through the day without feeling really tired. I needed Miralax for 3 1/2 months. I was also told to stop medications before surgery. I don't know how confident I'd be in a Dr. who didn't take precautions. I'd get another opinion.
Unread 11-11-2010, 11:50 PM
Re: No Post-Op Appointments? (and other surprises)

was thinking the same thing that the doctor is a quack or not very good listener....i was concerned my doctor said i didn't need narcotics....he was wrong and i did, had to get that changed midway through stay, he didn't want me to get constipated was his reasoning (which he never told me), no one told me about the gas pain and it was horrific, a level 9 when compared to kidney stones at 10 (that is my gage since i am a walking kidney stone factory)

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