Preparing for Surgery with Olde Del Mar Surgical
Most people will have a surgical procedure of some kind in the course of their lives. What once was a legitimate cause for concern is now a routine event, hardly a cause for worry. Your surgeon will tell you how to prepare physically for surgery, but getting prepared psychologically is almost as important. Mentally preparing yourself before a medical procedure has been proven to lessen pain, decrease the chances of complications, and aid in a faster recovery.
Learning everything you can about the procedure is the first step in mental preparation. Knowing exactly what your doctor is going to do, what will be accomplished, and what you can expect to experience during recovery will help you cope with the natural fears and nervousness that everyone goes through.
Ask questions, and take steps to make sure that your procedure will will cause the least disruption in your normal lifestyle. It may help to get a second opinion from another provider to ensure yourself you’re making the right decision. No reputable physician will be offended if you seek additional advice.
It might be helpful to attend classes on the type of procedure you’re going to undergo, which many healthcare providers offer, often free of charge. There are also numerous support groups available, where you can share information and concerns with people who are going through the same experience, and find valuable support.
Just before your surgery, consider practicing relaxation exercises, like meditation, deep breathing, or just talking to a loved one. Many people find that visualizing a positive outcome does wonders to help them prepare before surgery.
Be sure your job is fully informed about what’s going, and that your responsibilities are being handled. You don’t want to be worrying about work when you should be worrying about yourself.
On the other hand, it may help to take the focus off of yourself, and concentrate on making sure your family and friends will be provided for while you’re temporarily incapacitated. That means your pets too.
Most modern surgical procedures are relatively painless and hassle free. Preparing yourself both physically and mentally will ensure a minimum of interruption in the flow of your life.