As your surgery date comes closer, you may be feeling a little anxious about what will happen. Do not worry, everybody gets that feeling. Needles, knives, and other sharp objects are not exactly what comes to mind when you want to relax if you are about to go on a surgery.
The venue does not exactly provide a calming atmosphere as well. Some people even have phobias related to hospitals, medical equipment, or even doctors. To make sure you don’t get the jitters before heading to the hospital, this guide can help you get a feel of what you are getting into, without all the medical and technical details, of course.
Below are the things that you should do and expect from the surgery.
Prepare for the procedure
Of course, you are expected to prepare for the surgery. Who does not prepare? Sadly, not a lot of people. To some, preparing for surgery means getting their mental state ready for the trip to the hospital, but there is so much more to it.
Your body needs to be just as ready as your mind before you head out to the operating room. This means fasting when necessary and taking the necessary medications and vitamins, as well as exercising or taking some rest as prescribed by your doctor.
Different medical staff and equipment present
Depending on the type of surgery you are getting and the complexity of it, the number of medical staff present and the equipment to be used will vary. Some medical staff members may be instructed to assist the doctor directly with tools and equipment; others may be anesthesiologists helping you with pain management, and others may simply be there to shadow over other medical staff.
Do not be afraid when you have a big group of people with you in the operating room. Those people are highly-trained and skilled individuals that will help you overcome your sickness and pain. When it comes to medical equipment, it may shock you to see a number of tools on the table. Do not let this get to your head. Some tools, such as Frazier suction devices, are there to help the doctor clear off any debris that may be obstructing his or her work.
These tools are needed to make sure everything in the operation goes according to plan. Just relax and let your doctor help you.
So, you finally overcame your fears and the operation was successful. Now what? Depending on the operation, you may be required to stay at the hospital for an extended period depending on the doctor’s findings. You may be subjected to more tests or even therapy, but all of this is necessary to make sure you are healthy once you leave the hospital.
In some cases, you might even be allowed to leave the day after the surgery or even just a few hours after. Regardless, you need to follow the post-surgery care instructions that your doctor will provide you. This means following medication schedules and other pieces of advice.
Surgeries can be scary but most of the time, you won’t even know or remember you had them. The doctors will make sure you are as comfortable as possible while feeling less pain or no pain at all.