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Thinking About Surgery?
You are so excited you need surgery you can hardly wait for the day to arrive. This is an unlikely scenario. Probably for the first time in our lives we feel we are no longer in control of our destiny, we’re overwhelmed with all the medical information given to us and are confused by differing opinions from physicians and family members. We then respond with strong emotional reactions such as depression, anxiety, irritability or anger that can also have a detrimental effect on our post-surgery recovery? Psychological Preparation for Surgery Programs are known to reduce the amount of stress surgery candidates experience. The programs use research proven techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, relaxation, assertiveness and problem solving training. Patients are also taught to navigate the complex healthcare system and gather pertinent information that can impact their medical decision making.
Benefits to the patient are:
- fewer complaints of pain/discomfort
- greater satisfaction with the outcome of the surgical procedure
- better compliance with post-surgery follow-up
- greater motivation for recovery
- increased relaxation and optimistic outlook
Gain a sense of control and self-confidence by learning as much as you need to know about psychologically preparing for your upcoming procedure.