Ok y’all. My consult with Dr. Hepworth is next Tuesday! I know I’ll find out the answers to all of these questions when I see him, but I’m trying to stop myself from going down the rabbit hole of anxiety with all of the things that could go wrong and figured you all could help me answer a few things!
Three big questions:
- I know he has a lot of patients do an angiogram/venogram before surgery. Is this standard for ALL of his ES patients, or just the ones with primarily vascular symptoms?
- If you had a CT before your initial appointment with him (particularly if it was years in the past), did he have you get it redone?
- How long does he usually schedule out for surgery? Obviously I’ll wait if I have to, but I have some big life changes coming up (just graduated college, thinking about grad school vs. industry career, hoping to move out of state at some point soon, my lease is up in October) and am just getting some anxiety about all of the different ways that surgery could fit into this picture.
Obviously I know none of you can comment on my particular case, just curious if anyone’s willing to offer up their personal experience so I can at least get a rough idea of what I might be looking at here.