The anticipation of surgery leads to feelings of anxiety that most certainly only add to the already stressful situation. Regardless of what kind of surgery will be performed, no one looks forward to it, or the post-operative recovery period. Fortunately, there are some things you can do for yourself prior to surgery that will go a long way in helping you get back on your feet sooner.
The most important thing you can do for yourself prior to having any surgical procedure, is to organize your life so that it’s easier on you once you get home. Here are a few items to put on your checklist.
- Communicate: Discuss the surgery with your friends, family, spouse, and caregiver (if applicable). Line up the help you will need and make sure to thoroughly communicate your needs, the severity of the surgery, and the projected recovery period. Remember to include transportation to and from the hospital or clinic, as well as pet care, in the conversation.
- Home: Clean your home, seeking help, if needed, and arrange your furniture in a way that will most benefit your recovery. Remove obstacles from entryways, particularly the bathroom and kitchen, and make sure that loose rugs, wires and other things that are typically on the floor, are removed from your path. Take careful notice of the layout of your bathroom and kitchen. Place often used items, such as soap and dishes, in easier to reach places.
- Bills: Don’t forget about your finances, especially if your recovery is expected to be particularly long or challenging. If possible, pay your bills in advance. If you have concerns about falling behind on payments, call your creditors before you have surgery. That way, you can have peace of mind when you come home to recuperate.
All of these tips are aimed at helping you not only prepare for surgery, but also prepare for recovery. The easier you make it on yourself the quicker you will recover. Outside of organizing your friends and family, as well as your home and finances, there are many other things that you can do to help yourself prepare.Click here for an informative slideshow presented by WebMD. It offers valuable tips on preparing for surgery, as well as what to expect during and after surgery.
Regardless of how well prepared you are before heading into surgery, you’ll likely experience some measure of anxiety. Here is a great resource from eHow.com about how to mentally and emotionally prepare for surgery.
The biggest question that can’t be answered, of course, is ‘will something go wrong?’ After all, you will be under anesthesia, and that’s a scary proposition for many people. While there is no way to ensure that nothing will go wrong, it’s critical that you know about the possibilities of anesthesia errors, if only to be informed. Education is one way to help alleviate your anxiety in that regard. Information on how anesthesia is administered, as well as potential errors related to its administration are available plentifully. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor or anesthesiologist before the surgery.