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I’m having surgery Wednesday the 24th to hopefully diagnose and treat suspected endometriosis.
I have a pre-op with my gynecologist Tuesday.
I’m a bit apprehensive about the surgery, I had originally planned to have a consultation with a endometriosis Specialist two hours north of where I live, but not only is my co-pay higher with that clinic, I also couldn’t even be scheduled to simply talk to the surgeon until April!
Instead I decided to express my want to have surgery with my local gynecologist and she agreed that surgery would be best. The only thing is, because of some issues with my heart I cannot have the surgery done at a surgery center where a gynecologist experienced in diagnosing and removing endo would have preformed the surgery along side my gynecologist. Now I’ve been scheduled to have surgery at a hospital, but only with my regular gynecologist.
She’s a very well rated gynecologist, and obviously she’s qualified to preform surgery. I’m worried that I have been experiencing all this pain and discomfort and I will go through the surgery only to be told I don’t have endometriosis! Then what?!
I have many symptoms associated with bowel endometriosis. I have terrible diarrhea around my periods, and a sharp pain in my rectum that gets particularly strong also during my period. During a physical exam my gynecologist said she could feel a nodule. Yet, another gynecologist I saw (in Washington) said she couldn’t feel one.
The doctor preforming the surgery has not requested a bowel prep. Isn’t that something that is typically done before a surgery where working near bowels might be a possibility??
What questions would you suggest I ask on the visit a day prior to the surgery?
Thanks for reading and helping!!
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