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Preparing for Surgery

Are you worried about your upcoming surgery or that of your child or loved one? Are you fully informed about what to expect from either the surgery or the anesthetic?  Did you get the opportunity to have all your questions answered before scheduling your surgery?

Do not be surprised as this is not unusual.  It happens to many patients in the process of getting ready for surgery. 

We are here to give you some insights on what to expect and how to prepare for your surgery.  We will give you the knowledge you need to ask the important questions next time you see your doctor.

 

Surgiready gives you insight on how to prepare for your upcoming surgery

Surgi-Ready Can Help

At Surgi-Ready we give you the knowledge you need to prepare for surgery and anesthesia. We are here to give you the knowledge you need to ask the important questions of your surgeon or anesthesia provider.

We do not replace your doctor nor give medical advice but we do help you understand what the surgical experience will be for you.

Preparing Without Fever

It is normal for you to be anxious, most patients are to some degree.  Anxiety is part of a normal mechanism that helps protects us from danger.  It is part of what is commonly known as the “fight or flight response.” 

It is not uncommon for patients to be in the dark over what to expect on the day of surgery.  In most situations a patient has very little time with their busy surgeon and often does not know what questions to ask.  This can also be the cause of increased stress during the surgical experience.

Women & Surgery

Women often suffer from anxiety more than men as they have many stressors that affect their daily lives.  They are the ones responsible for the management of their family, responsible for getting the children off to school and making sure they are fed.  They fear they will not be able to provide this care for their family, when and if they recover from surgery.

Severe Anxiety

Severe anxiety can cause an unpleasant situation as it can affect the surgery or the anesthetic.  The increased catecholamine response from severe anxiety is accompanied by a pounding heart, a fast pulse, irregular heartbeats, nausea and shortness of breath.  This could make it more difficult to get you off to sleep and cause you to experience more pain postoperatively.  It may affect the doses of anesthetic and may result in a longer recovery period.  There is also evidence severe anxiety can affect the immune system.  This not something you want as you recover from surgery.

Addressing the Issues

To better address issues with anxiety it is important for you to know all the key facts about your anesthetic and surgery.  A patient should understand the procedure they are to have, why they need it, and how it’s performed.  It is also helpful to understand the anesthesia needed for that procedure.  This may help greatly in resolving the fear of anesthesia and surgery.  Sometimes financial concerns are the culprit.  Find out how much sick time you have or whether you have disability coverage.  Review your health insurance and what it covers.

Treatment Options

On certain occasions your surgeon or primary care physician will prescribe anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications to prepare you for the day of surgery.  Benzodiazepines are often used for this purpose.  These medications reduce anxiety, help the individual relax and cause some sedation.  In the immediate time before surgery, if anxiety persists, sedatives may be given through an intravenous line to further assist in controlling the anxiety.  Anesthesia providers are judicious in the use of these medications as they could prolong your recovery from anesthesia.