Prior to your surgery
If, after your evaluation by and consultation with the Woman's Cancer Center surgeons, it has been decided that surgery is necessary you will meet with our Surgical Scheduling Coordinators.
They will give you a date of surgery, hospital location and give any pre-operative testing that you will require. These may include, EKG, Chest X-ray, blood and other laboratory testing. You will be given a telephone number for pre admission testing, and a date prior to your surgery to pre register.
You will be informed of anything you must do prior to your surgery and the time you need to arrive at the hospital the day of your surgery. The Surgery Coordinators will give you an information packet that will contain any information you need to know regarding your hospital stay.
The Surgery Coordinators are also available by telephone to answer any questions you may have after you leave the Woman's Cancer Center.
After the surgery
Following surgery, while hospitalized, you may be seen by one or more of our physicians or physicians assistants. Our inpatient rounds are scheduled according to staff availability to ensure you receive 24-hour service during this critical time. Your surgeon will usually be by to see you, but, in some cases, an emergency or a scheduling conflict makes this impossible. Rest assured, your surgeon will be apprised of your status daily, and you or your family should feel free to contact him or her if you have questions.
Generally speaking, you will need a few weeks to recover prior to undergoing any additional therapy (if needed). At this point, your pathology and other pertinent test results will be available. You will then have the opportunity to completely discuss your situation and explore any further treatment or surveillance options with your doctor.