• Shouldn't somebody take blood?

    Asked by littlelady on Friday, May 3, 2013

    Shouldn't somebody take blood?

    I went for pre op appointments today. I have bilateral mastectomy next Friday. Shouldn't one of the doctors check my blood?

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Blood test results are good for 2-14 days depending on what they are checking for and what procedure you are having. Check with your surgeon, they may want you to come in and have the blood work done closer to the procedure.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Smkipp's Avatar
      Smkipp

      I don't remember blood work being done at the pre- op appts. They did take blood samples at the surgical preps. And after my bilateral mastectomy, my oncologist started ordering blood tests before each appt. I've had 4 surgeries: Sept. lumpectomy and lymph nodes, Oct. bilateral mastectomy and expanders, Nov. left side infection, and 3 wks ago reconstruction.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Smkipp's Avatar
      Smkipp

      PS. I know your anxiety. Remember to take deep breaths. You will get through this scary time. Sending you healing thoughts.

      almost 4 years ago
    • kickasscowgirl's Avatar
      kickasscowgirl

      I understand how you feel, I wasn't told and didn't ask, but I assumed there would be blood draw associated with preparations for surgery to. But I didn't know until I went for my pre-admit appointment two days before my surgery last week. At that appointment I thought it would just be paperwork and maybe a blood test, but they also gave me an additional appointment later in the day for a chest x-ray, and another ultrasound of both breasts and lymph nodes under both arms. (the x-ray and ultrasound were for comparisons to my previous ones, because my treatment was 4 bouts of chemo first to shrink the tumors, then Surgery, then more chemo, then radiation, then tamoxifen...)

      So what I thought would take about an hour took about half a day. But I had taken my daughter Anna with me, and in between the admit paperwork and the other appt.'s we went to antique shops and had fun. Then to lunch after. I really like taking Anna with me to a lot of those kinds of appointments because she and I laugh a lot at mindless things and it helps keep me from getting anxious. We'll make a fun day out of it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      As far as this "chemo brain" can remember, I do not recall any blood draw at the Surgeon Pre-op appointment or at the hospital pre-op appointment. However, once I started my Oncologist appointments, blood draws were routine and plenty! You may want to check with your doctors just to confirm and to give you peace of mind. I wish you the best!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      Hi, this is usually done at the pre-admission work up that you should prior to surgery. Usually includes:
      chest x-ray
      blood work
      EKG
      meet with the anesthesiologist's nurse
      They also will want a complete list of any meds you are taking, dosage, why you take them,etc.
      This is usually done at the facility where your procedure will take place or you can have your PCP do it. They will take results as long as they are within 30 days of the procedure. They will also tell you what medicines to stop taking or over the counter drugs that cause the bood to thin.
      Hope this help--at least you will know the questions to ask your surgeon. Good luck, and lots of hugs!

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      You probably had so many tests done already.. I did not have blood drawn again prior to mastectomy. I did have complete bloodwork, chest xray, bone scan at diagnosis so I assume that was sufficient. Just make sure to tell them all meds and follow the list for what meds not to take up to a week before. But, if you feel like it is somethng on your mind, ask your medical team about it.. nothing is too small to ask. Best of luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      You have wonderful, thorough answers here which I will not repeat...just want to wish you good luck next week...we will be thinking of you and praying that all goes well. God bless!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      Yes you should have had blood drawn for every panel. You call that doctor up and tell him no surgery until your blood work is done. They won't even do my surgery unless I have an EKG because of my heart. So you stay on top of them and MAKE them do their job.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      They know what they are doing. You will have plenty of blood drawn just prior to surgery. Remember that it is always ok to ask questions! If this is really bothering you, just call your doctor's office to ease your mind. I found that the nurses were great to help me understand everything. Good luck to you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Diana60's Avatar
      Diana60

      They took both blood and urine on my pre-op physical.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Diana60's Avatar
      Diana60

      They took both blood and urine on my pre-op physical.

      almost 4 years ago
    • janstar47's Avatar
      janstar47

      I hope your surgery went wonderful this past Friday.

      almost 4 years ago

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