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Why different post op check ups? Why different post op check ups?

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Unread 12-30-2011, 09:03 AM
Why different post op check ups?

I notice many of you are going in for 2 week, 4 week post op checks (and so on).

My surgeon did not ask to see me for 6 weeks post op. I was a little surprised since by then she will be on maternity leave and I will see her replacement.

I do not feel the need to go in (in no hurry to do the 45 min one way trip). I am not having any issues. Just wondering why so many are going in after 2 weeks? Is that standard?
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Unread 12-30-2011, 10:00 AM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

I have a 6 week check up too. Maybe it depends what type of surgery you had or which hospital you are with.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 10:03 AM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

Sherbert - Different countries have different checkup points. In the US, it seems to be that they see the doctor every couple of weeks. I believe that the UK is similar to Canada. For me, as for you since we are both in Canada, my instructions were to see the doctor six weeks after discharge and to call the office or go to the ER if I had concerns or any of the complications on the written list that was given to me. I had an uneventful recovery except for a minor infection because I tugged on a stitch that was sticking out. I had to go to the ER (it was the weekend) and they insisted I see my doctor the following week. When I saw him, it was 5 and half weeks and he discharged me at that time. I was still to have no intimacy for another couple of weeks and to be off for the full 8 weeks but I didn't need to see him until a year later for a pap test since I kept my cervix. I hope this helps.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 11:01 AM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

It possibly also depends on the different rules and regs of various insurance providers, and on the individual doctor. Mine wanted to be sure the incisions were healing cleanly and to answer any early post-op questions, so I saw her at ten days, then again after the six week mark when she cleared me for "normal activities". I won't see her for another year, now, and that's fine, for me.

Sometimes, from reading these posts, it seems to me that many women don't receive enough medical support, I wish that weren't so. Also, squeaky wheels do get the grease, so if women who have special needs don't speak up their doctors assume all's well. Speak up! Speak loudly! Squeak those wheels if you think you aren't getting the help you need. Or have someone else advocate for you and do the squeakin' until you're seen, and heard.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 11:38 AM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

Maybe that's just the way it is in Canada - as we are all equal for medical care not bound by specific insurance rules. I was just curious. Thanks for the replies!
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Unread 12-30-2011, 01:30 PM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

Sherbert, I'm curious, as to what options do our sisters in other countries who experience problems between appointments? If you, for instance, had needed more care than you did, could you have contacted your doctor and been seen straight away?

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Originally Posted by Sherbert_61 View Post
Maybe that's just the way it is in Canada - as we are all equal for medical care not bound by specific insurance rules. I was just curious. Thanks for the replies!
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Unread 12-30-2011, 02:17 PM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

Gnome, I am sure you noticed I edited your post as it bordered on a hot topic. If we have issues, we simply call our doctor and book an appointment. If it is on the weekend, we are told to go to the ER. There is no limit on how many times you can see your doctor. If there is an issue, it is dealt with.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 02:23 PM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

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Sherbert, I'm curious, as to what options do our sisters in other countries who experience problems between appointments? If you, for instance, had needed more care than you did, could you have contacted your doctor and been seen straight away?
I had at home nursing care visits since I had a foley catheter. I had 3 home visits but also had a 24 hour pager number if there were issues. I also could have called my primary care physician, my ob/gyn for appointment. I also have the option of going to my local walk in clinic or the ER of any hospital. This is all covered by provincial healthcare at no cost to me. My only upcharge if desired would have been to get a private room in hospital. The hospital where I went has all private rooms on the womans health floor so I had one anyway. If I ended up on the surgical recovery floor (general) I may have had to share a room...
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Unread 12-30-2011, 02:41 PM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

The number/frequency of post-op visits typically depends on the doctor and probably the type of hyster one has. I have no doubt that regional differences play a part as well.

I had TAH and was scheduled for 2 post-op doctor visits. The first at 2 weeks post-op and the second at 6 weeks. I actually saw my doctor at 1 week post-op as well. I was scheduled to have my staples removed then. She happened to be in that day (typically her surgery day), so she stopped by the room to see how I was doing and check the incision site while her assistant was removing the staples.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 03:07 PM
Re: Why different post op check up points?

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Originally Posted by Danni3ll3 View Post
Gnome, I am sure you noticed I edited your post as it bordered on a hot topic. If we have issues, we simply call our doctor and book an appointment. If it is on the weekend, we are told to go to the ER. There is no limit on how many times you can see your doctor. If there is an issue, it is dealt with.
That's ok. My only concern is that so many sisters seem to believe they don't have options, or care available to them, wherever they live, whatever health care providers provide for them. I believe it's important for women to know they CAN ask for help, wherever they live, whatever system they work within.

I'm sorry, as as been brought to my attention, that I didn't phrase my original question properly. I don't believe in, "My dog is better than your dog", discussions. I only believe that we're in this together, and that we could, as women in this together, educate each other to our respective medical options and rights. I'm no political activist or apologist, just a concerned hystersister. I'm sorry for any misunderstanding.
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