What to ask your doctor about surgery for vaginal cancer
Some questions you might ask your doctor
- Why do I need an operation?
- Which type of operation should I have and why?
- Will the operation cure my cancer?
- What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
- What are the long term effects of this operation?
- Will I have pain after my operation?
- How long will I have a drip after surgery?
- When will I be able to start eating again?
- Will I be able to eat and drink normally after this operation?
- What are the possible complications of this type of operation?
- Will I need any other treatment as well as surgery?
- Is there any treatment I can have instead of surgery?
- What will happen if I don’t have the operation?
- How long will it take me to get better?
- How can I help myself get over the operation?
- Will it be possible to make a new vagina?
- Can you explain the different ways of doing vaginal reconstruction?
- Which type of reconstruction will be best for me?
- Will you refer me to a plastic surgeon experienced in skin grafting for vaginal reconstruction?
- What problems might I have with my reconstructed vagina?
- How will the size of my new vagina compare to my original vagina?
- Will my new vagina feel and work in the same way?
- Can you put me in touch with other women who have had a vaginal reconstruction?
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