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Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)? Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

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Unread 02-23-2012, 08:42 AM
Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

Hi, I'm a Newbie, I had a lap assisted vaginal total hysterectomy a week ago today. It went very well, and I was discharged from hospital 48 hrs after coming back from surgery, with instructions to get in touch with my GP, and a letter to hand into him. My husband handed in the letter, which was followed up by a telephone appointment in which my GP asked how long I needed my sick line for, told me to take it easy, and said he'd speak to me in six weeks when my sick line runs out, to discuss my return to work. The conversation took perehaps 30 seconds. He literally didn't ask me how I was feeling!! I have made an appointment with the practice nurse for Monday, to get my stitches removed (they are soluble, but the staff nurse on the ward advised getting them taken out). Apart from that, I won't see anyone until my post op assessment at 6-8 weeks after surgery. Is this normal? Don't get me wrong, I'm doing ok and have lots of support - I'm very, very lucky. I just feel a bit abandoned - I have lots of questions, lots of niggles, and I'm not a health professional so I'm really not confident that I will always know what I should be concerned by. I'd be very interested in hearing other people's experiences! Thanks!
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Unread 02-23-2012, 08:58 AM
Re: Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

I had a 2 week follow up but really just answered questions. No exam was done. My next appointment is also at 6 weeks.. Seems normal..
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Unread 02-23-2012, 09:07 AM
Re: Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

I also had LAVH, my only GP appt. was 4 weeks post op and just to have a look on the vaginal stitches. She had not much time to answer my questions.
That is the reason why I'm here on this wonderful website a lot. It answers every question and the best thing is, women who have been through this answer!
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Unread 02-23-2012, 09:22 AM
Re: Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

Thanks Housito and Gmac - sorry to sound needy, I guess it's all happened so fast, and I was out of hospital so much quicker than I was told to expect. I would be entirely lost without Hystersisters!!
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Unread 02-23-2012, 09:41 AM
Re: Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

Rapidreader, I had a DVH on February 17th and was out of the hospital the next day. I felt like I should have stayed for one more day, but I had great support at home so it was ok. My post-op appt. with my GYN is March 1st which is two weeks from my surgery. This site has been a life saver for me! Lots of good advice and experiences from women who can truly understand what we are going through. Hang in there.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 09:58 AM
Re: Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

I was discharged from hospital on day 3 with a sick note for 6 weeks & told to see my GP if I needed it extending. I also was given a wound dressing & instructions to change it in 2 days and was shown how to give myself heparin injections once i returned home. No follow up appointment with my gynaecologist as everything was supposedly routine. I did make an appointment with the District Nurse because I wasn't up to changing my dressing & needed a follow up for a problem stitch. Really pleased for all the support on this site.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 10:12 AM
Re: Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

I was seen at almost three weeks out for my first post op-no internal exam, just a question/answer appointment and then again at 8 weeks for my final exam-internal and more question/answers. I only stayed over night and went home after my da Vinci. It seems, in Scotland, that you got an extra day compared to the U.S. for laparoscopic surgeries. This might be why the DR feels more comfortable with the protocol they follow. Certainly come here for advice and support and always listen to your body and ring your gyn/dr if you are uncomfortable about anything. Take care : )
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Unread 02-23-2012, 11:32 AM
Re: Should I be getting more post op care (in Scotland)?

I was in the hospital overnight after my surgery and I don't see my doctor again for 6 weeks! Of course if I have a problem I could call in, but that was what she recommended.

One of my best friends, who has helped me feel special during recovery and even took a day off work to just hang out with me, is from Scotland!
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