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Old 07-18-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Consult with surgeon

I am due to have my consultation with surgeon on Monday next week to discuss upcoming TT. So I am putting together a list of questions to ask the surgeon prior to my surgery. I was hoping someone may have suggestions for questions I should ask.

It never fails that the minute I walk out of a doctor's office, especially a new dr, that a dozen questions come to mind that I wish I would have thought to ask. This time though, I'm determined to come prepared.

I will admit I am nervous and worried and definitelly don't want my nervousness to cloud my thinking, so I would truly appreciate any and all suggestions.

Thank you so much!

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Re: Consult with surgeon

Some of the questions I asked:

Do you need to start taking calcium prior to surgery?
Will you have a drainage tube?
How long will you need to stay in the hospital?
Do they keep the parathyroids intact?
How many thyroid surgeries do they do a week?
If cancer what if any lymph nodes do they take to check?
How long before you have the biopsy results?
How do they close? Do they use inside desolveable stitches with steri stips (as mine did)?
Are they expecting any complications?
How long will your surgery last?

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Re: Consult with surgeon

Also, I like to ask aftercare questions, because this is always done by hospital staff, and very weak:

when can I lift
when can I drive
what signs to look for---call, in terms of infection (my incision was burning hot, turned out infected)
when will I have my follow up visit
What directions are safe to move the head and what not (usually you should turn head side to side so it doesn't get stiff, but not snap in back).

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