Hello.. I go in next Tuesday for my surgery consultation. I made a list of questions. If anyone has something to add that I've forgotten I'm open for suggestions.. Thanks Tom
A little background. This is regarding a mass in the sphenoid sinus and another area they think is a thornwaldt cyst. He said they can get it endoscopiclly. He did see the area with his scope and could only say it was NOT a polyp. Since it is irregular in shape it would suggest it IS a tumor of some kind..
Questions for the Doctor
( I want him to be up front with me.. and want to say this the first thing)
I am a person who wants to know what you are thinking. Even if this is determined to be cancerous, treatable or not, I want to know.
a. What will I need to do to get ready
i. Pre-Tests, when and how long will they take?
ii. Will I need to store up a blood supply?
a. Tell me again why you are concerned about this mass?
b. Will you remove the Thornwaldt cyst too?
c. Will you examine the other sinuses during the operation?
d. Have you worked in this area of the sinus before?
i. What procedures have you done?
ii. How many times?
e. What complications have you encountered?
f. Will you be able to determine if this is cancerous during the operation?
g. If it is cancerous, will this change the course of the operation?
h. If cancerous or more invasive than known, ould it then become necessary to perform open surgery at that time? How would open surgery be performed?
i. What risks are inherent in this type of surgery endoscopic and Open?
a. Best case scenario: how many days will it take till I can return to work?
b. Is there usually a lot of postoperative pain?
c. Will my job demands effect my recovery?
d. What types of rechecks will be needed and how often?
e. Will I be able to play piano after surgery?? ( I've always wanted to play the piano! smile - ok.. bad joke)
Thank you in advance.. Tom