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Getting over the anxiety of surgery

Most of us have the fear of visiting a hospital or doctor for a checkup so, it's totally normal to feel anxious before a surgery. We feel anxious though operations usually help us recover from illness. It is important to make sure that fears and anxiety don't become too overwhelming.

WHY DO WE GET ANXIETY BEFORE SURGERY?

There are many reasons for one to feel anxious before surgery. The after-effects of the surgery like pain, secondary infections or illness, surgical mistakes, post-surgery scars, disfigurement, losing mobility or independence, adverse lifestyle impact and long recovery are the reasons.

The financial burden is also one of the reasons to panic as most surgeries are expensive and post-surgical expenses are unpredictable.

SYMPTOMS & EFFECT OF SURGERY ANXIETY?

Irregular heartbeat, excessive sweating, nausea, nervous stomach, pounding and/or racing heart, shortness of breath, sleep problems speedy pulse are the symptoms of surgical anxiety which we often take for granted. Anxiety before or during surgery can be harmful in many ways to the patient.

HOW TO GET OVER ANXIETY, FEAR OF SURGERY AND MEDICINE?

Although there is not much research on strategies of managing pre-surgery anxiety, some evidence suggests that measures given below can help reduce surgical anxiety.

  1. 1. Hospitals offer special support for educating the patient about the surgery and counselling
  2. 2. Discuss with the surgeon about the post-surgery difficulties
  3. 3. Family and friends can help patients to divert their thoughts and talk about things which they like
  4. 4. Listen to light music
  5. 5. Read books
  6. 6. Therapies - yoga, acupuncture, massage, and meditation