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Unread 05-12-2011, 01:46 AM
Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

Hi! I have a pre-op scheduled for may 18 and i am rather nervous. I have read up on the procedure, and looked at the links on this website but i am still scared. My main fear is that I will be having this surgery in a German hospital. I can't speak any German(i never thought i'd be living here, but my husband got stationed here). I had a surgery in the same hospital and it was awful. I'm ahead of the game by having already gotten painkillers i can take since i'm allergic to all german painkillers. What can i do to make it easier on myself? Is there anyone else that has been in this situation of having a language barrier? I know to get a lil german dictionary, but other than that, i am unsure of how to calm down. I didn't know i was going to be needing this surgery until yesterday, and they already have the pre-op scheduled.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 03:53 AM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

Snazzynerd

We're very glad you're here and hope you'll benefit from being part of this amazing support community.

A hysterectomy is a big decision, and major surgery, which should only be considered as a last resort after all other options have been exhausted. It is not without risks which could then affect you for the rest of your life. If at all possible, please delay or try to seek a second opinion. Visit www.givemea2econd.com to find out how a second opinion could help you.

Please ask yourself:

• Are my symptoms so unbearable as to make my life a misery?
• Will the operation definitely relieve all my symptoms?
• Will there be any unexpected consequences - am I prepared for an earlier menopause?
• Do I still want to have children?
• What is the worst that will happen if I decide not to have a hysterectomy?

You're so young and a hysterectomy is a huge decision without the added concerns of a language barrier and/or foreign hospitals. Do you know which hysterectomy type/procedure you're having? Were other options/alternatives offered?

Please research and ask questions. Checking out our <links> Treatment Alternatives and Hysterectomy Options pages should help with this, too. Please don't commit to a life-changing event at just a day's notice without being 100% informed, which may not be possible in these circumstances.

Take care of (((you))) first. Sending all good wishes and we're here for you ~ every step of the way!

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Unread 05-12-2011, 03:55 AM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

I am unsure of what type of surgery it is right now. I'll find out next week.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 12:37 PM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

(((Snazzynerd)))

I am so sorry you are facing surgery in another country with a language barrier issue. Is there any way you can postpone until you can either have someone to translate, come back to the states, or have the surgery at a facility where English is spoken?

Here are my concerns with your situation. One, I was raised with a father for whom English is not a first language. In fact, it is his third language. I know first hand how tricky and difficult it can be to discuss medical issues with him because of the language barrier. Additionally, I have a SIL who translates in a medical setting. As knowledgeable as she is with both languages, she has shared how tricky it can be to make sure the doctor and patient both understand the full scope of the discussion. Additionally, with both issues I have learned that there can be a great divide in the ideas about how things should done from culture to culture. What my dad would consider normal in some cases was far from what we here in the states felt was normal and vice versa. My SIL runs into the same thing.

Second, for my last surgery, English was not my nurse's first language. She kept asking me if I was allergic to IUD. That made no sense especially since I was post hysterectomy! Finally I asked her if she meant iodine! Yes she said! We had other issues as well and it was a bit scary for me knowing that there was such an intense communication problem.

Next, I was one who had complications with my hysterectomy that required an extensive hospital stay and multiple follow up visits with not only my doctor but other specialists. I can't imagine how that would be handled in another country with the language barrier. Trust me, when I was blacking out the dictionary would have been no help to warn those around me I was about to hit the floor!

I don't mean to add to your worries or scare you needlessly, but based on what you have posted on the site about your tonsillectomy, my own hysterectomy experience, and my first hand knowledge of language barrier issues I really think you should postpone your surgery until you can have it done elsewhere. I would very much hesitate to have surgery if I could not communicate well with my doctor and those who would be caring for me. Too much could go wrong from simple communication issues.

If you are not in a life or death situation, please consider some alternative choices.

My goes out to you and I do wish you well for whatever you decide!

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Unread 05-12-2011, 04:28 PM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

I'm only 26 and had my uterus and ovaries removed. If that is the surgery you are having, I can help with questions.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 09:22 PM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

My oldest son had to have surgery in Wiesbaden in '98. It was pretty scary to know that we were not fluent in German, but he had to have the surgery anyway. They did a very good job of taking care of him and we had very good interpreters. Most of our nurses had very good English skills and over all I was very impressed. I know that Ansbach is a pretty small town. Could you possibly have it done at a larger area? This may help with the language issues as more nurses in the bigger cities may have better English skills.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 11:23 PM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

why are you having the surgery? i think that would help people understand how to support you better, and yeah are the symptoms so bad that it is asap surgery
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Unread 05-13-2011, 12:24 AM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

Do you have a friend that speaks both English and German that can go with you to the doctor's office/hospital?

If not, request a translator.
There are many people that can speak English in Europe.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 12:27 AM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

You can also type in "Google" for the large information search page.
On the right, near the box to type in the word is a "Language Tools" page.
Click on "Language tools."

Now you are in. You can type in what you want to ask in English, and then it will translate the words into German. It will not be 100% accurate, as it is only a computer, but it is a starting point.

I would ask them for an English speaking translator.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 03:25 PM
Re: Pre-op next week, what to expect, only 23

That is a great idea. If you have an iPhone or a Droid you could download a translator app. to take with you and use. They are pretty good and will at least get the gist of the conversation across.

Good luck, I hope it works out and you get the relief you need.

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You can also type in "Google" for the large information search page.
On the right, near the box to type in the word is a "Language Tools" page.
Click on "Language tools."

Now you are in. You can type in what you want to ask in English, and then it will translate the words into German. It will not be 100% accurate, as it is only a computer, but it is a starting point.

I would ask them for an English speaking translator.
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