I have my second excision surgery scheduled for September 21, 2016! I’ve put together my list of pre- and post-op questions to ask my doctor. Do you have anything you think I should add? Or even delete? Thanks!! ~Lisa
Pre-Op (Appointment 9/13/16)
Please remember I need a latex-free operating room
Anything you can do to lessen the gas pain that occurs in my right shoulder? Tilt my head? Warm gas? Expel more gas before closing me up? What are the complications of any of these methods?
What to expect after cystoscopy? Any possibility I’ll stay overnight? I’ve read that a sensation of burning pee is a temporary side effect; anything else?
Would you take my uterus and ovaries, if needed? If so, please don’t use a morcellator.
Will there be pictures and/or video of the procedure? What about of the exterior of surgery: the table or outer-abdomen ports? I’m so curious!
What’s the worst case scenario?
How long do you expect the surgery to last? Any way someone can update my Mom and Jim as they wait in the lobby once surgery begins? Last time they expected surgery to last 1.5 hours and it lasted 4; nobody updated them on status and it was stressful and worrisome for them.
I know you found Endo on my diaphragm from our first surgery. Is there any way to verify through this upcoming surgery that you’ve removed it all? Or is that a thoracoscopy? Thoughts about my liver Endo?
Can you also examine the outside of my bowels? I’ve read that if you have Endo in your Pouch of Douglas you’re very likely to have it on your bowels.
Any other prescriptions post-op besides Naproxen Sodium? If so, can we fill them early?
Anything I can do to make your job easier on the Big Day?
After surgery, shall we restart taking continuous birth control?
Last surgery, I couldn’t lift my right leg to get into the shower for a few days. Is that normal?
Any “best” way to sleep while recovering? Last time propped up on some pillows seemed to be the least painful.
Post-Op (Appointment pending)
How long until we can have sex? Swim? Go to gym? Return to work?
Anything you or I can do to prevent adhesions? Do you have any thoughts on serrapeptese or resveratrol? A lot of Endo gals take them and swear it eats and prevents their adhesions from growing.
What happens if you found nothing? Referral to PCP for more referrals?
What do you find people do to try to feel better that is actually making their pain worse?