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Unread 11-08-2001, 09:17 PM
? about post op appointments

Hi everybody,

Well I just want to know what is the average appointments after hysterectomy. I am 4wks post op and I have seen my doctor once for removal of staples that was at 1 wk, he said he wanted to see me in 1 wk, they couldn't get me in until 2 wks later. I went yesterday and they told me they had to reschedule for a month later. Is this sound strange. also I had to go to the er a week after I seen him or two wks after surgery for infection and they wanted to see a doctor after 1 wk. But no go. So should I just go up there and tell them I need to see him.

Thanks
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Unread 11-08-2001, 09:34 PM
? about post op appointments

Hi Serenity

Well, the timing for the Post-Op appointments tend to vary a lot, from doctor to doctor.

I only got to see my own surgeon at the 6 week mark. Some sisters go at 1 week - usually to remove staples - 2 weeks, 4 weeks or 6 weeks. Depends also on the type of surgery or who long you were in the castle: I had a TVH, but lost tons of blood, so was kept in the castle for 4 nights. By then, my was satisfied that I was recovering well.

I you really have reasons to believe a post-op is in order earlier than scheduled, by all means, take steps to ensure this happens.
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Unread 11-09-2001, 06:03 AM
? about post op appointments

Hi Serenity, I agree with Dany, post-op appointments do seem to vary considerably amongst Drs.

However, from reading your post, I take it to mean that you developed an infection that caused you to go to the ER and then were instructed to see your Dr. for a follow-up one week later. That appointment was backed up for another week by the office, then you actually showed up for your scheduled appointment and they cancelled you again and rescheduled you for another month later?

If I understand you right, then I think you need to call the office and demand an appointment. I know that it can take weeks or even months sometimes to schedule a routine appointment, but this is not routine. You have had major surgery and a complication in the form of an infection, so please make sure that you notify the person doing the scheduling of this. The office can always make room for emergency visits. If they are not willing to do this, tell them you will "hold the line" while the nurse/receptionist speaks to the Dr. for a recommendation of another Dr. you can see, and I bet this will get you in. Let us know how you make out, ok?

Best wishes and 's
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Unread 11-09-2001, 07:04 AM
? about post op appointments

In 1992 I had my first laproscopic gyn surgery-at the time I knew nothing about endometriosis, fibroids, etc.-only that I was infertile and had a terrible time with gyn related stuff. I didn't research the dr. I was seeing the way I do now and basically was pretty naive.

In any event, it was a disaster-done under general it was stopped without finishing and the dr. said it was because I was overweight and also that I "reacted poorly" to the aensethetic. I went home that day with little post-op info and no follow up appt. When I called to make one he had moved to another practice and was "busy". Two weeks later I had a serious post-op infection at the sight, dealt with in er and with my primary care dr (who was horrified) and I learned an important lesson to always go with your instincts and to research drs as you would any other professional or service.

My current gyn has been my dr since then (I found her with in a year after that) and her offcie has always been responsive to scheduling appts, making time when I was having problems or needed to see her for any reason, making the dr and nurses avaiable to answer any and all questions etc. This past week (I am 9 days post op) I have called with a number of questions all answered promptly.

You've had major surgery and for that alone should be seen if you feel it's necc. SOmetimes it's not the dr. but the scheduling staff (and in fairness they may not realize how important it is you be seen) and no reputable surgeon's office will refuse to scedule a post op appt in a timely fashion with someone they have perfomred surgery on. So be firm and polite, but say you really need to be seen.

P.S. Once I was with my current drs they checked my operative notes from my first lap back in1992. It turns out the dr. was older and not well-versed in the procedure and couldn't ifnd what he was looking for because he had no experience with larger women (at that time I was less than 50 lbs overwieght). I never had any trouble with the aenesthetic and any surgeries including this TAH since I did fine.
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