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Unread 09-07-2011, 01:44 PM
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So I have my pre op appointment tomorrow and I have about 20 questions for my Gyn...I am pretty sure that I have all the bases covered but just in case!

I was wondering what is the most important, in your opinion, question to ask...or what question do you WISH you would have asked???

I just want to make sure that I have all of my questions covered. I like to be OVER prepared in things and this is one that I cant seem to feel like I am over prepared with questions! I am having everything removed except half of my cervix...which she might end up removing the whole thing anyways. So I guess it would be a radical hysterectomy. So any questions will be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 09-07-2011, 02:19 PM
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Hmmmm . . . good question! It's great that you're so prepared! The only thing I can think of right now (one week pre-op) that I'm not sure about is how long I'll need to have the urinary catheter in. I know that my GYN will place it while I'm in the OR (so yay for not having to be awake for that experience!) but I'm not sure if he'll take it out before I go to recovery, or leave it in. I probably won't ask him until the morning of my operation.

Interested to see what other questions people come up with though!

Unread 09-07-2011, 03:29 PM
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Thanks! I didnt even think to ask that!!
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Unread 09-07-2011, 10:22 PM
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I wish I would have asked the doc to *walk me* through the surgery, telling me exactly what they were going to do. I didn't fully understand that my cervix (and part of a tube) was removed until a couple days ago!

I also didn't receive clear post-op instructions and my husband didn't really recall them either, so I would ask beforehand what you will be limited on-- that way you can be more prepared.

Did they talk to you about general anesthesia versus a spinal? I had general and would do that again, easily, over a spinal. Just my opinion.

Hmmm. . . trying to think of more. That's all I can come up with on the spot, but if I think of any others, I'll let you know! Hang in there-- I am sure you have it all covered in your list, and if you don't, you can ALWAYS call your doctor! I did!
Unread 09-08-2011, 05:30 AM
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Clear post op instructions. After surgery you are pretty loopy and when you get home it is hard to read the discharge papers and sometimes they don't write everything down that they told you. Ask about after surgery stool softener. What to take and how often, ask about stairs if you have to use them, ask about when you can take a tub bath, ask about what discharge to expect, and when you can begin to drive again. Hope this helps!! Just remember this is your body and you only get one time to heal. Ask away and don't be afraid to ask anything!
Unread 09-08-2011, 05:46 AM
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I guess my most important question would be pain management. Does the doc agree you may need it for over a week or two or even more? Does he cut it off and say that is it? I was lucky that mine did it based on my pain but have seen and heard where docs weren't. My roommate when I ended up back in hospital had been cut off by her doc one week post op and guess where she ended up? In the ER in agony and then in my room. She changed docs but was really ticked. So to me ask about pain philosophy so that if there is a problem, you know how it will be handled.
Unread 09-08-2011, 06:06 AM
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Hmmm, how long are you suppose to wear the support stockings when you get home? Are you even suppose to wear them when you get home? One thing that I wish I would have had before my tvh was the free post op pamplet from this website. I ordered mine late so it didn't get here until a week after surgery. I really could have used it before so that I knew what to expect when I got home. Best Wishes Oh, and what meds do you need bedside? Can you get prescriptions before so that you don't have to wait for them on the way home from the hospital?
Unread 09-08-2011, 05:20 PM
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TangoRomeo...My catheter was in until I'd been in my hospital room for a couple of hours and i asked them to take it out. I was really out of it in recovery, however, and they don't like to take it out until they see you can actually stand up (with assistance if needed) and walk to the bathroom.

I wish I had been more clear about asking my dr. if she was leaving the cervix. I assumed she was leaving it AND the ovaries, then the day of the operation I found out that she had planned to remove the cervix. This resulted in a lot of debating prior to me going in for surgery.

I also agree on getting a list of what you can and cannot do post surgery. My dr. is kind of relaxed and I never got a list of do's and don'ts. If I would have asked at my one week follow-up, she would have told me, I'm sure...but...I was so busy discussing other things that it slipped my mind.
Unread 09-08-2011, 05:56 PM
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I had my catheter in until day two, a few hours before they sent me home! I HATE catheters and when I first woke up I begged them to take it out. Of course they didn't and the odd thing was is that I kind of forgot about it and it was a relief not to have to get up and pee every 10 mins!!

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