Mentally preparing for surgery is just as important as physically preparing. While your doctors will ensure that your body is ready for your operation, it’s up to you to make sure you’re in the right headspace. Not sure of what to do? We’ll share our top tips for mentally preparing for surgery below.
1- Learn From Your Doctor
Before your procedure, it’s important to learn about what is going on. While you could do your own research, this might lead you to unreliable sources online. Instead, it’s best to talk directly with your doctor. They can give you honest advice about both the procedure and the recovery process.
2- Decode Your Fears
If you’re nervous about your procedure, then know you’re not alone. It’s perfectly nervous to be scared before an operation! However, try your best to identify exactly what you’re nervous about. Are you afraid of pain? Anesthesia? Recovery complications? Pinpoint your exact fears so you can address them directly with your doctor.
3- Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions
Your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow before your surgery. Read over these beforehand and be sure to follow them exactly. This way, you will be doing everything in your power to prepare the right way. Unsure if you’ll be able to follow one of the steps? Call your surgeon’s office to ask specific questions about your pre-surgery routine.
4- Talk With Loved Ones
Relying on a support system is important- both before your surgery and also after. Family and friends can be a huge help when mentally preparing for surgery. Loved ones can tell you about their own surgery experiences, help you plan out logistics (like cooking, cleaning, and childcare) after surgery, and just make you feel better overall.
5- Talk to a Professional
Sure, it’s up to you to make sure you’re in the right headspace before surgery. But that doesn’t mean you have to get there all by yourself! Plenty of professional therapists can help you deal with medical anxiety. Reach out for help if you need it.
We’re Here To Help
Want to learn more about your surgery? Call Emergency Hospital Systems. Whether you’re mentally preparing for surgery or have specific questions, our team is here to put your mind at ease. Call (281) 592-5400 to speak with a member of our team.