Initial Follow-Up Exam Schedule Question
I had my surgery on 6/10/21 - hard to believe it's been 3 months already. Sorry if below is TMI.
I saw my surgeon/medical oncologist for a post-op follow-up exam on 7/19/21 and my next visit with her is 3 months later for 10/18/21.
I had 4 brachy treatments that ended on 8/2/21.
The radiation oncologist told em when I finished that he wanted to see me in 6 weeks which I was surprised about and that appointment was earlier today.
It felt far more invasive thna the pelvic exam I had in July by the MO but because I go to a teaching hospital it was not only the RO who examined me but also his new resident and I am feeling somewhat "raw" aftertwards as they were both inside with the speculum and fingesrs and they did a swab although not sure of what or why.
Before the exam I told him I was using my dilator every other day for 15 minutes and had progressed to size 2 after my last visit with the pelvic floor therapist and plan to move up to size 3 soon. He told me I need to get to size 5.
He said everything looked and felt fine inside today but they used a small speculum at my request as pelvic exams have been uncomfortable for me for many years post-menopause.
He said he wants to use a standard size speculum to be able to see more and better inside and told me that it's just my vaginal opening that is small but once past there I am fine size-wise in my vagina so that is why he wants me to get to larger size dilator which right now terrifies me.
When I was done today though he said he wnats to see me again in 5 months.
So I will have had a pelvic exam in July 21 (MO), September 21 (RO), October 21 (MO), January 22 (MO), February 22 (RO), April 22 (MO), July 22 (MO) if I count evry 3 montsh with the MO.
Is this excessive?
It will be at leats 7 exams in a 12-month period.
Don't get me wrong - I am grateful to get good report today - but I thought all together one only needed a peplvic every 3 montsh for the first 2 years total either by the MO or RO but not both? It's stressful.
Also next time can I tell the RO that I only want the exam by one doctor not 2?
Lastly I assume whatever discomfiort I am feeling right now post-exam wiill go away? I feel a bit violated.
Thanks in advance.
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