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One of the scariest experiences that you might have to undergo is a surgery. The fear that comes with facing surgery is because it is invasive, and at times, it ends in complications. Additionally, you have to be sedated for pain, and sedation brings about its own side effects. However, surgeons are trained for many years to make sure that the many fears patients have do not pan out. As a patient, you can also take a few steps before the surgery to make the experience smooth for you.
Here are a few guidelines and tips that can help you prepare for a successful surgery and the role a great general surgeon will play in the entire process.
Start by Educating Yourself About the Procedure
The best way to prepare mentally for an operation is to learn what it entails. For example, if you are preparing for a simple surgery such as a caesarian section, study what it entails from the start to the end. Check out the options that you have when it comes to anesthesia. Understand all the possible side effects of local and general anesthesia. Additionally, check the medications and foods you should avoid before the surgery.
When you have all this information, it will be simpler for you to manage your expectations going into the surgery. It will also boost your confidence when you discuss the procedure with the surgeon and hear whether they have performed it on other patients.
Map Out Your Journey to Recovery
Your recovery will be easy if you plan it even before the surgery. Think about the amount of time that you will be bedridden or incapacitated. If you do not have someone who can help you during that time, do some shopping and preserve food. That way, you will not struggle to get the right food to help you during recovery.
Ask the surgeon about the right diet and exercise for recovery. They will connect you with physiotherapists and dietitians that can improve your recovery process.
Be in the Right State of Mind
You also need to be in the right mind space to sail through a surgery successfully. People who take a positive attitude into the theater often come out more successful than those who don't. Take a few days off the regular routine before the surgery, calm down, and prepare for the process.
These are the simple guidelines that can change your surgery experience from something to dread to an amazing healing journey. Remember, if you have questions, ask a general surgeon.