The human body is a complex system of billions of connections. Your cells, tissue, organs, and organ systems work together to help your body function, allowing you to experience life. With so many body parts and systems working together constantly, it is no surprise that disruptions or injuries can be a big deal.
When the natural processes of your body get interrupted because of disease, physical trauma, or other circumstances, healing may require a surgical operation. Some things can be dealt with via medication, exercises, or behavior changes, but other issues will require more drastic measures to be fixed.
Facing a surgery can be intimidating, even if it is a routine procedure with little chance of side effects. There will be a mental and physical toll that is taken on your mind and body before, during, and after the actual surgery. Here are a few tips for preparing yourself to go through a surgical procedure.
Choose a Trusted Practice/Surgeon
Part of a smooth surgery is entrusting it to someone who has a lot of experience and is an expert in the field. Additionally, you want to feel confident with the practice that will be performing the procedure. If you have a choice, make sure you conduct research into the team that will be operating on you. Are there any instances of emergency room malpractice in the past that might be a cause for concern? How long has the surgeon or practice been around? Are they at the top of their field and come highly recommended? Asking these questions can help you choose a team that you can feel confident in their ability to take care of you.
This is especially needed if you are going through a major surgery that may be addressing severe neck pain or repairing an organ. The anticipation can build up and make your body less receptive to the operation if you are not mentally steady. Practicing some relaxation techniques in the time leading up to the surgery can improve your mental health in preparation for the procedure, making it a smoother process for yourself. You could do some breathing exercises in the days before the appointment and do those practices as well. Maybe spend some time reading a book for pleasure to take your mind off things for a little while. If you can keep yourself relaxed, even if it only reduces your stress a little bit, it could benefit you immensely on the day of the surgery.
Ask Any and All Questions
This is your body and your future that is at stake, so there is no reason why you should hold back when facing a big procedure. Ask the doctors any questions that pop into your head. Bring up your concerns and do not withhold any relevant medical information that could help the surgeons operate on you with more knowledge. You can even go online and search for the questions you have, though be wary of going down a rabbit hole and relying on other people’s experiences or opinions to stress you out. Always rely on the doctor’s knowledge primarily, then supplement it with your own research. Additionally, you can probably find resources for people who have undergone similar procedures with tips for physical and mental recovery after the operation.
Take Care of Your Body Physically
Keeping your body in good condition will give you the best chance of a positive recovery. Healthy bodies tend to heal quicker, so you can optimize surgery recovery by being in good shape and providing your cells with adequate nutrition. For this reason, you should try to incorporate some regular exercises during the period before your surgery, but speak with your doctor first. You don’t want to add additional stress to your body if it is going to have a negative effect on the surgery. If you do not work out regularly, don’t suddenly start intensely exercising every day the month before your operation. Adopt behaviors slowly, and if you already lead an active lifestyle, maintain those practices. Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and dairy to ensure you are receiving vitamins and minerals.
Don’t Go it Alone
One of the hardest parts of going through a serious surgery is feeling alone. You may have to rely on others during the recovery period if you are limited in what you can do. Reach out to loved ones and close friends who can support you during this time. Whether it is a meal delivered, some company while you are stuck at home, a group of others who have gone through a similar operation, or a friend’s distraction from the lingering pain from the surgery, having others who care about you can boost your mental health and make recovery a little easier. You do not have to push through this time on your own.