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What do I ask at pre-op appointments? What do I ask at pre-op appointments?

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Unread 04-28-2003, 12:06 PM
What do I ask at pre-op appointments?

Hi,
I have my hospital pre-op this afternoon and my dr pre-op tomorrow morning. I don't even know what questions to ask!! I pulled off the list from the pre-op article board but are there any others? My dh wants to know if he can bring his laptop to the hospital to work on while I'm in surgery or otherwise out of it, so I'll ask that, and about what kinds of pain treatment options, but what else should I ask? Any help will be appreciated! I have surgery bright and early this Friday so I want to be an informed princess when I go to the castle.
Thanks for this great website!
Owly
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Unread 04-28-2003, 12:22 PM
just some notes from my notes....

Hi Owly,
I'm sure a lot of these are covered in that pre-op list you copied from here, but I cut and pasted parts of my pre-op questions...some may not apply to your situation, as I'm not sure which type of surgery you are having. I had a TVH with rectocele repair...
GOOD LUCK!
Surgery Notes:

Pre-op:
What tests are done?
Hormones-will you need them?
Fasting before surgery? Any bowel prep needed?

Meds:
Antibiotics? Which will you be on?
Any allergies to meds?
Anesthesia- your family history, i.e. NAUSEA!

Surgery:
Pathology?
Cervix removed?
Any other repairs to be done? (in case of prolapse?)
i.e., How is rectocele repaired?
Intercourse?

Post OP:
Pain meds? Morphine? Alternatives?
FENERGEN- oral anti-nausea
Stool softener
ANTIBIOTICS?
“donut”?


ANESTHESIA:
What type will be used?
Add anti-nausea meds to IV!
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Unread 04-28-2003, 12:55 PM
Thanks

Thanks for your good questions! I really appreciate your response!
Owly
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Unread 04-28-2003, 01:03 PM
What do I ask at pre-op appointments?

Hi Owly - I see we have the same date!! I had my pre-op last week and they went over everything pretty thoroughly. I also got several pamphlets which said "what to do when" as well as what time to be at the castle, where to go, what they will do, etc because they can tell you but you won't remember! It's like information over load! Friday can't come soon enough for me! Good luck and !
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Unread 04-28-2003, 03:45 PM
What do I ask at pre-op appointments?

In addition to modifying and copying the pre-op list from this site, I kept a notepad handy to jot down questions as they occurred to me during the day (or when I was dozing off at bedtime). The list from here covered most of the basics, so I only had to add a few specifics relating to my particular situation.
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Unread 04-28-2003, 05:01 PM
What do I ask at pre-op appointments?

Hi!

You are very smart to ask the questions (about questions) pre-op

I can only tell you my top two:
1) Keep my ovaries if they were healthy - 43 at the time (surgery in 2000 and ovary is ticking along GREAT - no hrt!)
2). Wanted spinal vs general

My doctors response to these two questions made the difference for me!
And I can tell you -- even years after my surgery -- what a life! I got it back and pray the same for you.
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