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What to ask your doctor about surgery for vaginal cancer

Women discussing 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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Updated: 23 September 2015