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Questions to ask your doctor prior surgery Questions to ask your doctor prior surgery

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Questions to ask your doctor prior surgery

I had an LAVH on 10/21/14 and had a lot of questions before the surgery. Below is my list of questions, which I hope will jump start your own questions as you talk with your doctor about course of treatment.

If it's any conciliation I am currently 2 weeks post op now and am healing well. This overall experience wasn't as terrible as I was afraid it would be. Post op pain was bearable and the piece of mind knowing the multiple uterine issues are now behind me is such a relief.

I wish you well on your hysterectomy journey and pray your surgery and healing go smoothly.

1. How many abdominal incisions?*
* -Type of sutures? (Dissolvable?)
* -What is a belly wrap? Recommended?*
2. Will I experience bloating from laproscopy?*
3. Will I enter menopause sooner?*
* -timetable?*
* -As in ovaries shutting down sooner?*
4. How soon after surgery will I have to get up and walk, in the hospital?
5. When will I be able to eat after surgery?
6. Does someone need to stay with me over night at hospital?*
7. When can I drive again?*
8. When can I go back to my desk job?*
9. Will I have any monthly menstrual symptoms since I'm keeping ovaries?*
-When will my hormones level out? (As in, when will I feel emotionally "normal" again?)
10. Is there an increased risk of osteoporosis?*
11. When can I start back on vitamin supplements?*
12. What if any impact on migraines?*
* -Can I take migraine medicine at same time as ibuprofen?*
13. What is depth of vagina once cervix is removed?*
* -Are you sure the vagina will be long enough to accommodate husband?*
* -When can I have intercourse again?
* -How will my libido be?
14. Will uterus be removed in one piece or several?*
15. Is the cervical incision the only vaginal incision?*
* -Will any of cervix remain?*
* -Is cervix separated from vagina laproscopically or vaginally?
* -Is uterus removed vaginally or laproscopically?*
16. Recommend use of heating pad?*
* -If so how soon after surgery?*
17. How long will actual surgery take?*
18. How long before I wake up?*
* -What level of discomfort should I expect when I wake up from surgery?*
19. Will my family be allowed to sit with me before I awake?*
20. Chances of constipation.*
* -Start on stool softener before constipation sets in?*
21. I've read about swollen belly.
* -What's that from?*
* -How long will it last?*
22. Will there be any packing in the vagina?
* -If so when will it be removed?*
23. When will catheter be inserted?*
* -When will it be removed?*
* -Is it uncomfortable? Going in/out?
24. Will pre op enema be administered?*
25. Should I plan on using Gas X?
26. What is bladder sling?
* -Risk of one?*
* -Will I notice a difference in urination?*
* -Will I notice any bladder spasms?
* -Risk of UTI? (Will drinking cranberry juice help prevent?)
27. Do I need to bring PJ's to wear over night?*
28. Risk of other organs falling into space where uterus used to be?*
29. What is vaginal vault prolapse?*
* -Risk of?
* -Will uterine ligaments be used to support vagina?*
30. Will the "who ha" be shaved?*
31. How many of these has the doctor done?*
32. Do instruments cauterize or just cut the internal tissue?*
* -How long will it take for internal sutures to dissolve?*
* -Will there be bleeding as sutures dissolve?*
33. Will DA Vinci method be used?*
34. When can I begin lifting more than 6 pounds?
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