Frequently Asked Questions

There are some things you just don't know who to ask. You might feel too embarrassed to talk about it with your friends, your parents or even a professional like a doctor. So how are you supposed to get answers when you cant talk about your issue..?!

Here at OTIFT we hope to answer some of those 'sticky' or 'icky' questions you may have.

   FAQ: Can I wear my underpants in the operating room?
Of course you can. Your dignity and modesty is important to us and will be respected at all times.

   FAQ: What if I don't feel comfortable with my doctor?
Seeing a new doctor for the first time can be nerve-wracking. It may feel doubly difficult if your doctor is a member of the opposite sex. However, asking questions that can't be answered by friends or family, say for example about sex, a doctor is your best resource for answers.

It might help to know that your new doctor has probably examined hundreds or even thousands of young men/women during their career. He/she is looking at you in the same way any doctor would as a patient. Chances are they have heard and seen your problems before and helped other teens deal successfully with the same issues you're facing.

You never know you could discover that your new doctor makes you feel at ease right away and you have no problem talking to them about your issues. If you find that you're still a bit nervous, you can write down your questions and bring them with you. Then if you get nervous, you can look at it to remember your questions. You could even give the doctor your list.

If you still feel uncomfortable after meeting your new doctor and think it will keep you from talking about sex or having an exam, ask if there's a doctor of the same sex as you in the practice who you could see instead.

Your health depends on the information you give your doctor. You need to be able to talk about any issues you have, ask questions, and answer your doctor's questions honestly. Your doctor just wants to help you, so be open and honest about things you are thinking or feeling. That way, your doctor can check out possible problems, and answer any questions you have.

   FAQ: Is it normal to feel sick when blood is being taken?
The process of taking blood, can be unsettling for lots of people. Even when we think we aren't nervous or afraid, our bodies might behave otherwise!

The most likely reason you felt sick to your stomach when you had your blood taken is that your body was having a physical reaction that can be triggered by something as simple as just seeing the needle, seeing your own blood, or just feeling anxious about the whole thing.

The next time you have your blood taken, try relaxation techniques like deep breathing or visualization to help you calm down. Close your eyes and pretend you're doing something you really enjoy. Some people find it's better to look away when having blood drawn so they can't see the needle entering their arm or the blood that flows from it. You also can try to distract yourself by listening to music through head phones or if you feel like it, talking with the technician.

It doesn't take long at all so you will probably end up thinking " why did I get so stressed out over that!".

   FAQ: Does it hurt falling asleep?
Does falling asleep at home hurt? No, well falling asleep in hospital is the same. The anaesthetist just makes it a bit quicker. The bit that may 'sting' is when a cannula is put into the back of your hand to administer pain relief during and after the operation.... This is over in a second, so take a deep breath and it will be over before you know it.

   FAQ: Will it hurt, will I be in pain after the operation?
You wont feel anything during the operation as we will give you anaesthetic drugs to keep you fast asleep.
At the end of the operation a local anaesthetic is administered to the area of your body that has been operated on. This well keep you from feeling any pain for a few hours after the operation. When you wake up in recovery it will seem like only a minute has passed, and by then recovery will have your pain medication on hand, which can be administered through the cannula in your hand should you need any.

   FAQ: Have you ever operated on the wrong bit?
That is definitely a big fat "No".
While the thought of wrong site surgery is mega scary, its also practically non existent. It may seem like lots of people are asking you the same questions over and over and may seem like we are not listening to you. This is actually part of the steps we take to make sure you are you - and have no fear, we are listening to you.

   FAQ: Will I wake up during the operation?
Definitely not. Nor will you remember the operation.
As far as you will be concerned only minutes will have passed from you coming into the anaesthetic room to you waking up in recovery. The anaesthetist will ensure you remain fast asleep through out the operation by giving you anaesthetic drugs that we will only stop at the end of the operation and allow you to wake up naturally.
Our anaesthetists send people to sleep all day every day so don't worry, they are actually pretty awesome at it.

   FAQ: How can I get alone time with my doctor - I have questions I don't want to ask in front of my parents?
It's important to have some time alone with your doctor so you can answer questions honestly. Most docs know how embarrassing certain topics can be if parents are sitting there, so they often ask mom and dad to give them some alone time with teen patients.

If your parents don't seem to be leaving, you could say that you have some questions you want to ask the doctor alone. If the doctor asks you to get into a gown for a physical exam, you could also say that you are embarrassed to be undressed in front of them.

It can often help to talk to parents about this before the appointment. Tell them you want to start learning how to take charge of your own health care, so you'd like to talk to the doctor alone. Say you're embarrassed discussing certain physical changes in front of them (guys can feel awkward asking a doc about topics like penis growth or bumps with a parent in the room; for girls it can be the same with breasts or periods).

   FAQ: What if I get an erection during my genital examination?
Sometimes guys get erections during exams that involve prodding and poking your penis and testicles. It's a normal reaction and it happens a lot. It doesn't matter whether the doctor is female or male.

Getting an erection during a genital exam is a natural, physical response. It's not something you can control, and it doesn't mean anything.

Because it happens so often, doctors are used to it. They wont laugh at you or tease you if you go red. If you get an erection during a physical exam, it won't upset or bother the doctor, so there's no need to feel embarrassed.

   FAQ: Am I going to throw up after the operation?
Our bodies sometimes react to upsetting things in surprising ways. Emotions like fright, pain, anxiety, or shock can affect the body's nervous system and make someone feel like throwing up.

It's perfectly normal to feel sick after an operation however during your operation the anaesthetist will give you an anti-sickness drug that will stop you from throwing up. The anti-sickness drug will be written up on your drug chart so you can have more in recovery if you need it. If you do throw up its no biggie, the nurses are used to it so don't stress about it and let them help you.

   FAQ: Can my mum/dad come with me?
No matter how grown up you may feel, having an operation is one sure thing that will knock your confidence. Sometimes you may need your Mum or Dad for reassurance.

One parent can definitely come with you to the anaesthetic room. This is where we put the cannula in the back of your hand and send you off to sleep. Your mum or dad can stay and hold your hand all the way till your asleep.

   FAQ: When can I go out with my friends?
Lots of people will give you advice on this one, and you yourself may feel fit as a fiddle shortly after your operation. Your insides however, may not. After any operation its always best to follow the advice of your doctor. You may well get bored stiff so this is the time to catch up on those computer games, read that book you haven't gotten round to reading, have friends over to watch a film, or here's an idea...... get ahead with your school work..........boooooo hissssss right!