Helpful Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Questions will vary based on your medical condition, extent of your symptoms and your own personal health history. In general, use these suggested questions to guide your discussion with your doctors.

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • Is there a medical (non-surgical) treatment option for my diagnosis (e.g., over-the-counter medication, hormonal therapy, special procedure like embolization, change of diet or lifestyle)?
  • Is there a surgical treatment that can help me and if so, am I a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery? Why or why not?
  • Please describe the minimally invasive surgery in detail — what will be removed (uterus, fibroid, endometrial tissue, tumor) and how?
  • How many of these procedures have you done (ever and recently)? What type of training do you have (residency? fellowship?) Where did you complete your training?
  • How do I have to prepare for the minimally invasive surgery?
  • What type of anesthesia will I need?
  • Will I experience any pain, during or after the surgery, and what can you do to keep me comfortable?
  • When can I go home after the minimally invasive surgery, and when can I resume all normal activities?
  • If surgery is my best treatment option, but I am not a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, what will traditional or open surgery be like for me?
  • What can I do, if anything, to prevent this condition from happening again?