Preparing For a Private Hysterectomy

The decision to travel outside of your local area for a hysterectomy is a big one that involves careful consideration. Most of our clients have been waiting for a long time (over 6 months) in the public system just to see a GYN for a consultation. Taking matters in your own hands and choosing a private route is one of the ways to take care of yourself and your health, and make yourself a priority.

Traveling for a private surgery involves careful preparation and planning. Getting ready for a private hysterectomy involves several steps to ensure you’re physically and emotionally ready for the procedure and recovery. Logistical arrangements should be taken care of in advance. Here’s a general guide.

Gathering All Your Medical Records

  • Medical records: collect all your medical records,
  • Ultrasound/MRI scans: request your actual MRI/Ultrasound scans from the facility where it was done. If done in the public system provinces have 30 business days to provide you your medical records. Private diagnostic facilities usually can give you the scans and radiology report in 2 to 3 business days.

Consultation and Decision-Making

  • Choose a Surgeon: Find a gynecologist or gynecologic surgeon experienced in performing hysterectomies.
  • Check the surgical facility and surgeon reviews and accreditations.
  • Medical Evaluation: Your doctor will review your medical records first. Then there will be a phone/virtual consultation. Once it is determined you are a good candidate for a hysterectomy, surgery and an in-person consultation will be scheduled. Your GYN surgeon will perform a physical exam, review your medical history, and may do blood tests and additional ultrasound to assess your health.
  • Discuss Options: Understand the reasons for the hysterectomy, alternatives if any, and the type of hysterectomy (total, partial, etc.).
  • Ensure your cost for surgery is all-inclusive and there are no hidden or unexpected fees.

Pre-Surgery Preparation

  • Medications: Inform your doctor about all medications and supplements you’re taking, as some may need to be adjusted or stopped before surgery.
  • Pre-surgical Instructions: Follow any instructions regarding fasting before surgery, and possibly bowel preparation if instructed.
  • Hospital Admission: Confirm the date and time of your surgery and any paperwork required for admission.

Emotional Preparation

  • Counseling: If you have concerns or fears, consider talking to a counselor or therapist to address any emotional aspects of the surgery.
  • Support System: Arrange for someone to accompany you to the hospital and be there during your recovery period.

Logistics

  • Travel: Make necessary flight, hotel, and transportation arrangements.
  • Border crossing: Ensure you have the necessary documents if traveling to the US.
  • Transportation: Arrange transportation to and from the hospital.
  • Travel companion: you must have someone to accompany you.

Post-Surgery Preparation

  • Recovery Space: Prepare your home for recovery, including setting up a comfortable space with easy access to essentials (bedside table with water, medications, snacks).
  • Assistance: Line up help for daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and childcare if needed, as you may have restrictions on lifting and physical activity.

Day of Surgery

  • Follow Guidelines: Adhere to fasting instructions provided by your doctor.
  • Bring Essentials: Pack essentials like ID, insurance information, and any comfort items for your hospital stay.
  • Ensure the surgical facility has your travel companion’s contact info to pick you up and take you to a hotel to recover.

Aftercare

  • Follow-up Appointments: Schedule and attend any follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing and discuss any concerns.
  • Activity Restrictions: Understand and follow any restrictions on physical activities during your recovery period.
  • Medications: Take prescribed medications as directed, and manage pain as needed according to your doctor’s instructions.

Emotional Recovery

  • Patience: Give yourself time to recover physically and emotionally. It’s normal to experience a range of emotions after such a procedure.
  • Support Network: Lean on friends, family, or support groups for emotional support if needed.

Each person’s experience with a hysterectomy can vary, so it’s crucial to communicate openly with your healthcare team and follow their recommendations for the best possible outcome.

If this list seems daunting and overwhelming, Health Vantis can help. We will manage your case from the initial phone call to us until you are home and recovering well. We will make all the logistical and verification arrangements as well as serve as your go-to contact for all questions regarding your travel for private surgery. Contact us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free at 877 344 3544 to find out more.

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