Suggested questions to ask your doctor

October 10, 2010

What type of hysterectomy do you suggest for my condition? Is it minimally invasive or an abdominal hysterectomy?

  • 1. What type of hysterectomy do you suggest for my condition? Is it minimally invasive or an abdominal hysterectomy?
  • a. If you are suggesting an abdominal hysterectomy, why is a minimally invasive not appropriate?
  • b. If you are suggesting a minimally invasive hysterectomy, what type of procedure would you recommend?
  • 2. Which organs (cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries) will be removed during the procedure and why?
  • 3. Will I have any scars after the surgery? If so, where will they be located and how big will they be?
  • 4. How many of these procedures have you performed?
  • 5. If you were performing a minimally invasive procedure, what types of unexpected things would lead to an abdominal hysterectomy? How many times have you had to convert from a minimally invasive procedure to an abdominal procedure?
  • 6. What are the risks associated with abdominal hysterectomy? What are the risks associated with minimally invasive procedures?
  • 7. How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
  • 8. When can I return to my normal activities:
  • a. Work or School?
  • b. Exercise?
  • c. Sexual Activity?
  • 9. When can I expect to be fully recovered?
  • 10. Do I need to anticipate any changes after surgery?
  • 11. What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?

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