Please be sure to bring completed packet with you to first office visit:
At your first visit, we aim to gather important information about your symptoms, treatment goals, and medical history. Please bring a list of your current medications, medical problems, and past surgical procedures to your first appointment.
At the first appointment, a nurse or medical assistant will greet you, gather your medical history, collect vital signs, and gather information about your condition. You may be asked to complete a short questionnaire when you arrive to help us understand your symptoms.
You will meet with a doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss your symptoms, concerns, and treatment goals. You will undergo a pelvic examination.
After your examination, the doctor or nurse practitioner will discuss treatment options with you.
If you decide to proceed with surgery with one of our expert pelvic surgeons, we will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you are prepared for surgery.
Medical Leave of Absence / FMLA
Please check with your employer whether you are required to fill out family medical leave of absence forms. These are often called FMLA forms.
How much time to take off from work
Office appointments before and after surgery
Before surgery, our surgical schedulers and clinical office staff will help coordinate your preoperative appointments:
Preparing your body prior to surgery can have a profound impact on your recovery. Nutrition plays a big role by helping you heal better and fight infection. “Eating to Heal” with enough calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals will help speed your recovery.
Talk with your doctor if you are currently underweight or have lost weight unintentionally. Your doctor may ask you to meet with a Registered Dietitian who will work with you to create a nutrition plan to help you meet your goals.
Managing your weight
About two thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Achieving a healthy weight before surgery can improve your chances of having a better outcome after surgery. Excess weight can put you at risk for certain side effects and complications in surgery, such as prolonged surgery time and increased risk for infections, heart or lung issues and blood clots.
Many women who want to start losing weight can understandably find it challenging to know how to start. USF Health offers resources specifically designed to help women lose weight and decrease risks associated with obesity. Ask your doctor if you are interested in a referral to accomplish your weight loss goals today.
Smoking causes serious harm to your health, but did you know that it can also increase your risk for many problems after surgery? These include:
Ask your doctor about how to quit smoking and the resources that USF Health offers to help you throughout the process. Quitting will not only reduce these risks, but it will also improve your overall health and even add years to your life. Remember that quitting takes time, so try to take it one day at a time rather than worrying about how you’re going to get through the next weeks and months.
Controlling blood sugar
If you have diabetes, you know how important good blood sugar control is. Having surgery puts stress on your body, and stress can affect your blood sugar level. Blood sugar that is too high or too low can cause serious problems. Proper blood sugar control can:
Your doctor will need to know what your recent blood sugar test results have been. On the day of your surgery, your doctor should check your blood sugar before your operation. Talk to your doctor to see whether there is anything else you can do to manage your diabetes.
At your preoperative appointment, your doctor and the nurse will provide specific instructions on what to expect as you heal from your surgery. We will review your restrictions, what is normal and when to call the office with concerns.