If you or a loved one is facing surgery, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, from anxiety and fear to excitement and hope. Surgery is a big deal; no matter how routine or minor it may be, it’s natural to feel some stress and apprehension. One of the best ways to ease your fears and have the best possible experience is to be as prepared as possible. Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for an upcoming surgery.
Set Yourself Up for a Smooth Recovery
First and foremost, it’s important to have a support system in place. Whether it’s your spouse, parents, siblings, or best friend, make sure you have someone who can be there for you both emotionally and practically. They can help you get to and from your appointments, take care of your home and pets, and cook meals. It’s also helpful to have someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through.
In the weeks leading up to your surgery, make an effort to care for yourself physically and mentally. Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and exercising can help you feel your best and recover after surgery easier.
Being as prepared as possible for your post-op recovery is also important. Make sure you have everything you need at home, including pain medication, extra pillows, ice packs, and any special support devices you may need. Preparing meals in advance is also a good idea, so you don’t have to worry about cooking when feeling sore and tired.
If you have young children, arrange for someone to help out with them while you’re recovering. It’s important to have someone you trust who can help look after them so you can focus on healing properly. Taking any of these steps are a great way to prepare for an upcoming surgery.
Stay Positive and Manage Expectations
Discussing any fears or concerns with your surgeon before the operation can also be quite helpful. They can offer advice or wisdom on what to expect and how to handle any apprehensions. It might also be beneficial to bring someone with you to listen and learn for themselves so they may know how to help you down the road.
Finally, try to stay positive and have realistic expectations. Surgery can be a difficult and daunting experience, but it’s important to remember that you’re in good hands and that most people recover without any serious complications. Don’t hesitate to talk to your surgeon. Dr. Strasburger has over 20 years of experience, and he and the medical team at Syracuse Area Health – Strasburger Orthopaedics pride themselves on prioritizing patient experience and quality of care. You can trust that they will do everything they can to ensure a successful outcome.
For any questions or concerns you may have about an upcoming surgery, feel free to contact us to discuss your operation with Dr. Strasburger personally.