Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Ninad Dabadghav, MD

Surgery: General

Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions About Surgery

Here are answers to some common questions you may have about your surgery both before and after.

What if I get sick before my surgery and need to reschedule?

If you are ill the week before surgery, call us and let us know. If you become ill a day or two before the surgery, please call Admitting.

Can I pre-admit for surgery over the phone?

Yes, you can pre-admit over the phone 24 hours a day.

What time do I need to report on the day of surgery?

You need to call your surgery scheduler the business day before surgery to confirm your arrival time. Due to unforeseen cancellations and emergencies, scheduled surgery times may change. If the surgery time does change, we will let you know by phone. Please check your phone voicemail for an updated message. The message may provide updated arrival time and reporting instructions. It is important that you devote the whole day to your surgery.

What do I need to bring with me if I am having outpatient surgery?

Leave all valuables at home except a picture ID and Kaiser Permanente ID card. Remove all jewelry (including your wedding ring).

What do I need to bring with me if I will be staying overnight in the hospital?

The hospital will provide the basic toiletries. Your family can bring any additional items you need during your stay in the hospital.  Please leave any valuables at home.

Who do I call after hours or on weekends?

Call the Appointment and Advice line if you require assistance after 5pm or on the weekend.

What if I need a DMV placard for handicapped parking?

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has an application that you will need to complete in order to obtain a handicapped parking permit. We can give you an application. You can also obtain an application online.

What if I need home health assistance after hospitalization?

Your discharge planner will help arrange this for you.

What is a TAV (telephone) appointment?

This is an appointment that happens over the phone.  You do not need to come to the clinic.

How long will I need to be off work following surgery?

Your time away from work depends upon the type of surgery and your condition following surgery. It can vary from a few days to several weeks.  We will provide specific instructions for you.

How do I file for disability?

Our patient records office can assist members with filing a disability claim.   Disability insurance provides short-term benefits to workers who suffer a loss of wages when they are unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury, or a medically disabling condition related to pregnancy. Most workers in California are covered by State Disability Insurance (SDI).

When can I take a shower and remove my bandages?

That depends on the type of bandages you are given. Usually, you may shower after you remove your outer dressing. Keep your dressings clean and dry for 2 days and then remove them. If you have steri-strips (small strips of tape), leave them in place for 5 days. If a clear plastic dressing (Tegaderm) is used to cover your wound, you may shower in 24 hours.

Is it normal to have shoulder pain following laparoscopic surgery?

Yes, shoulder pain may occur after laparoscopic surgery due to some temporary gas buildup during the surgery. Your abdomen may be distended for a few days after surgery. Shoulder or back pain will go away within a few days.

Is it normal to have abdominal pain after laparoscopic surgery?

You may also have soreness in the abdominal or stomach area similar to an ache you would feel after starting a new exercise program involving your abdominal muscles. This ache will gradually go away within a few days.

Will I receive discharge instructions?

Written discharge instructions are sent home with you when you're discharged from the hospital. Your discharge instructions are also available online using your secure login.

Is it normal to not have a bowel movement following surgery?

It may take 3 to 5 days after surgery to have a bowel movement. Bowel irregularity is expected with surgery and pain medication.

Drinking fluids and increasing your daily activity as soon as you are able will help to prevent constipation.  Prune juice and/or stool softeners can also help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Trials

Here are answers to some common questions you may have about clinical trials and what they mean for those diagnosed with cancer.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are research studies designed to improve treatment for those diagnosed with cancer. Some trials investigate new cancer drugs and treatments while others compare standard treatments with new treatments. Before a new treatment is offered to a participant in a clinical trial, it is carefully studied in the laboratory. All our current standard cancer therapies were once experimental research therapies evaluated in clinical trials. Only after clinical trials show one treatment to be superior can that therapy become a new standard treatment. All advances in cancer treatment must be evaluated through clinical trials.

Why do people participate in clinical trials?

People who participate do so for different reasons. Participation in clinical trials may offer the possibility of new therapies not available to all patients. Some of the research therapies prove to be major advances in treatment, some do not. Research trial protocols are created by the national experts in those particular diseases, so the quality of treatments chosen is high. Some people participate in hopes of helping future patients or future generations.

Am I eligible for a clinical trial?

Our research team will assist you in determining if you are eligible for a clinical trial. Simply ask us if a clinical trial is available for your type and stage of cancer. Most clinical trials enroll individuals who are in reasonably good health other than a cancer diagnosis. A number of “eligibility criteria” exist to make sure the trial is safe for the participants. We will also determine final medical eligibility in accordance with the criteria of the trial protocol. You may qualify for our trials if you are an adult with a confirmed cancer diagnosis, are an active participant in your treatment plan, and are interested in learning more about potential novel treatments.

How can I find out what trials are available?

At Kaiser Permanente, we have a commitment to offer state-of-the-art treatment to our members with a diagnosis of cancer. At any one time, there are more than 30 cancer trials available for Kaiser Permanente patients within the KP Oncology Clinical Trials program (KPOCT). More than 300 Kaiser Permanente patients enter oncology clinical trials in Northern California every year. Interested members may be able to participate in promising new cancer treatments even before they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and available commercially to the general medical community. These new treatments are offered though the KPOCT program. This program consists of a team of oncologists, nurses, and research specialists who review and select clinical trials for our program. The majority (95 percent) of the clinical trials offered through Kaiser Permanente are multi-center trials conducted at university medical school cancer centers and other cancer treatment research centers across the U.S. Kaiser Permanente participates in national trials through national cooperative research groups such as NSABP (National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project), SWOG (Southwest Oncology Group), CTSU (Clinical Trials Support Unit), as well as selected pharmaceutical industry sponsored studies. Most people are not aware that Kaiser Permanente in Northern California is a major participant in these organizations and their trials. You can also find all available clinical trials at

What are the steps involved in the development of cancer treatments?

There are 4 phases to the clinical trials process: Phase 1 - Experimental treatments are evaluated to determine the best dosage and evaluate for side effects. Many treatments do not progress past phase 1. Phase 2 - Once dosage and side effects are known, trials are conducted to get an idea if the new treatment has a beneficial effect (a response rate) in a certain disease. More toxicity information is learned. Phase 3 - The new therapy is compared to the current standard therapy in a randomized trial to see which therapy is better. Phase 4 - After a therapy or drug is approved and felt to be a standard therapy, many more cases are reviewed in order to detect uncommon side effects or outcomes. We participate in mostly Phase 3 trials, and in some Phase 2 trials.

How are clinical trials conducted?

The doctors who conduct a clinical trial follow a carefully designed treatment plan called a protocol. This spells out what will be done and why. Our clinical research study protocols are designed by national experts to safeguard the medical health of patients and answer important research questions. Often a standard therapy is compared to a promising new therapy which we hope will be an improvement. The trial is the test to see which treatment is better. Medications that are not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for another condition but that show promise for your condition are only given within the context of a clinical trial.

What is it like to be a patient in a clinical trial?

Whether you are in a research study or not, you face many medical appointments, examinations, procedures, and therapies. We will explain in detail the risks and benefits and answer all the questions you might have concerning specific clinical trials. If you join a research study, data on your case will be carefully recorded. Patients in clinical trials are followed very closely according to the research protocol. This close follow-up is often more structured than observation outside of a clinical trial.

What questions should I ask about participating in a clinical trial?

If you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, some important questions to consider include: What is the purpose of this study? What kinds of tests and treatments are there? How does this compare to standard therapy? What are my alternative choices for treatment? What side effects can I expect? How does this compare to standard therapies? How long will the study last?

What is informed consent?

Informed consent, and understanding the research program you are agreeing to, is an important part of a clinical trial. It is a requirement in all research. You will be given an oral explanation as well as written information in order to understand what is involved in the trial. This includes possible risks and benefits. You will also be given the opportunity to consider taking part in the trial, ask all necessary questions, and freely choose whether you wish to participate. Those who decline to participate or later withdraw will continue to receive the best medical care. If you enter a trial you will be advised of new developments as the trial goes on. After signing the consent form, you are still free to leave the trial at any time. However, we encourage you to take your participation in the trial seriously and to agree to participate only after thoughtful consideration.

What if I do not want to participate in a clinical trial?

Not every patient chooses to participate in a clinical trial. Participation is completely voluntary. We will discuss clinical trials as an option to consider instead of standard therapy. You will never be enrolled in a trial without your knowledge and informed consent. Your treatment will not be affected in any way if you decline to participate in a clinical trial.

How can I learn more?

To find out about all of our available trials, call the Kaiser Permanente Oncology Clinical Trials Program at (707) 651-2786. The National Cancer Institute web page for clinical trials across the U.S. can be found at The Cancer Information Service is a nationwide telephone service that answers questions from patients and their families. Spanish-speaking staff members are available. Call 1-800-4CANCER.

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