5 Ways to Ease Your Pre-Surgery Nerves

Posted on June 14th, 2018 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

It’s completely natural to have some pre-surgery jitters. In fact, most people would be lying if they said they didn’t. Whether this is your first surgery, or you’re just simply worried about the possible complications at hand, there are many ways you can get past the nerves to feel fully prepared for your surgery. Here are five ways you can battle the pre-surgery nerves:

1. Research The Procedure

One of the biggest driving forces for anxiety is the unknown. There are many online forums where you can find people who have dealt with the exact same thing. Just remember to look at the good and the bad. Asking questions and knowing the before and after can help you have a little more comfort than if you went in blindly.

2. Talk to Your Doctor About Your Concerns

There is no reason to feel guilty about having questions. In fact, most doctors are ready and willing to answer even the smallest of concerns. Tell them how you are feeling and your concerns —  they will be more than happy to make sure you feel prepared.

3. Create a Plan

Use that nervous energy for good and begin planning how you are going to handle the healing process. Talk to family and friends, and ask for help with certain home chores and tasks. If you’ll be stuck in bed healing, plan out some activities to keep you busy.  

4. Practice Relaxing

There are many simple, at-home things you can do to ease your anxieties. Through breathing techniques and meditation, you can lower your blood pressure, slow your breathing and relieve your stress.

5. Try to Keep Busy

Keeping your mind active is key! Try to plan out your days beforehand so that your mind is thinking about everything but the surgery at hand.

The Orthopaedic Specialty Group is here to calm all your surgery nerves. Contact us to set up an appointment and get all the answers you need!