I made a list of questions that I plan on asking the surgeon when I meet with one some day, maybe it will help you:
-How many of these procedures have you performed? about
how many were laparascopic?
-Do you think I would be a candidate for laparascopic surgery?
-Could you show me what the scars would look like and where the stoma would likely be placed?
-Is there anything that can be done to help minimize adhesions and scar tissue?
-What are the actual risks of infertility and do you take any special steps to protect female patients further?
the risk of incontinence?
-How can hernias be reduced after surgery and have you found that they are a common problem?
-Is it possible to have an epidural put in place after being put under anesthesia? I hear it is the best method of controlling post-op pain but the thought of anyone sticking anything in my spine really freaks me out, more than the idea of major abdominal surgery.
-When do you think I could return to work and what will my restrictions/limitations be?
-Where do you get ostomy supplies at? Are they covered by insurance?
-What are some other important things you feel I should know?
Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) for 8 years so far; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use....
Lexapro 10mg, Lialda 2 pills a day, Rowasa enemas nightly