How to conquer fear of surgery

Generally most of the patients are worried or anxious before surgery. But it is important to ensure that these anxiety and fears do not become overwhelming. Patients are afraid of surgery whether it is minor or major. Fear of surgery is known as Tomophobia.

Mostly patient’s surgical anxiety or fear occurs due to:
1. pain
2. deformity
3. financial burdens
4. scars
5. infections
6. adverse lifestyle impact
7. long recovery time
8. losing independence.

Surgical anxiety or fear becomes a serious psychological issue when it shows the symptoms like palpitations, nausea, excessive sweating, breathing problems, sleep disorders and nervous stomach.

There are several ways to overcome the surgical fear and anxiety. Some important ways include:

1) Trust your surgeon:

A patient’s trust on a surgeon is very crucial. It increases the confidence in surgeon to treat patient more efficiently. It also makes patient more comfortable and strong. Every patient should trust surgeon’s capability to cure disease. Trust creates the feeling of affection between patient and surgeon.

2) Trust yourself:

Every patient should trust himself/herself. It increases self confidence & fighting spirit to win over any disease.

3) Ask questions/doubts:

Patient should ask relevant doubts and questions to surgeons. Surgeon is highly talented and experienced person so that he/she always gives correct answers to the patients. Instead of hesitating, patients should clarify all doubts without wasting a time.

4) Educate yourself:

Every patient should always try to find information about the diseases which he/she is currently suffering. It increases awareness in patient. Patient should also try to take information regarding surgical procedures, surgery benefits, its complications and precautions. Patient can get tips for better and faster recovery. In this way, patient gets a complete idea and finally it will help to reduce surgical anxiety and fear. This makes patients to accept the facts & makes them stronger to deal with any severe medical condition.

5) Seek counseling:

Counseling is very helpful before & after surgical treatment. It is very beneficial in a life threatening diseases to adapt any changes. Counselling also benefits the patients who had a bad previous experience with surgery.

6) Play Music:

Every person has a favorite type or genre of music. Listening to your favourite music calms down the anxiety or fear.

7) Reading a Book:

Many people are fond of reading books. Reading self help books creates positive energy to overcome stress of surgery.

8) Get support from family and friends:

Family and friends’ support plays an important role during depression, anxiety or fear. Family members and friends help boost patient’s confidence before surgery.

9) Join support groups:

There are many support groups in the world who provide necessary support as per the diseases. Many people in support groups share their personal experience about surgery. Patient can find wide range of supportive, sympathetic supporters. Patient should discuss with these people as it will be very beneficial for calming surgical anxiety or fear.

10) Exploring alternative medical treatments:

Patient can select alternative medical treatments like acupressure, acupuncture, massage, tapping, yoga, hypnosis, meditation and herbal supplements to manage fear and anxiety. Patient should know about correct alternative method of healing. It is important to know that alternative treatment is used to manage the anxiety and is not treatment for surgery.

Every patient should understand that fear and anxiety is normal & temporary. Trusting your surgeon and yourself always help to reach a comfort zone among patients. And so does having faith in the Almighty. He is the source and the destination. His holy guidance gives health a purpose.

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    Knee replacement is required for advanced arthritis of the knee joint, producing painful limitation of movements and restriction in activities of daily living. Knee replacement as a solution should be offered when all non–surgical methods of treatment failed and painkiller medicines and injections also failed to reduce the Knee and hip pains.

    Knee replacement can be total or unicondylar, depending on the number of compartments involved. Among the total knee replacement, there are two popular designs- Cruciate Retaining, and Posterior Stabilized. The decision for the design is best taken by the operating orthopedic surgeon based on the integrity of ligaments. Patella resurfacing as a routine is a debatable subject.

    Yes, most knee replacement surgeries are minimally invasive, with numerous benefits to the patient, including smaller incisions, less tissue trauma, bleeding and post–operative pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and earlier return to work and activities — in weeks rather than months. Advantages of Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery. Patients Start walking in few hours of surgery. Patients start climbing the staircase from second day of his surgery. Patients Discharge with in 3 Days from the Hospital after surgery. No blood loss during the surgery, no blood Transfusion required. Less Physiotherapy.( No Physiotherapist required for home) Less Antibiotic. Stitchless Surgery. Recovery time is just two – three week.

    Bilateral knee replacement in the same sitting, can be performed if both the knee joints are damaged to the same extent, however, the medical condition of the patient, and bone quality must be kept in consideration.

    Surgery through Minimally Invasive technique patients start walking on the same day and staircase climbing starts from the second day of surgery. Patients can resume his work after 3 – 4 week.

    The most significant risks include Infection, Deep vein thrombosis,and Aseptic loosening of implants. The risks correlate with the co-morbid medical condition, and must be discussed with the patient before surgery.

    Patients normally require hospitalization for 3-4 days in single knee replacement, and up to 5-6 days in both knee replacement surgery

    A single knee replacement takes approximately 90 min- 2 hours. Both knee replacement surgery takes approx 2-3 hours.

    Years ago, knee replacement surgery was reserved for elderly patients due to a high complication rate and lack of implant durability. Modern techniques have allowed orthopaedic surgeons to base surgical decisions on a patient’s pain and disability, and not necessarily chronological age. Most patients who undergo knee replacement are between the ages of 50 and 80, but surgeons evaluate patients individually and primarily on their physiologic age and demands.

    Patients can resume his/her light work after discharge from the hospital, no need for rest.

    Patients are given epidural anesthesia for surgery, and post op pain relief. They are expected to follow instruction from physiotherapist regarding muscle training.

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