How To Psychologically Prepare For Back Surgery
Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: February 15, 2018
In order to be best prepared to have a successful surgery, patients need to be healthy both physically and mentally. It’s easy to focus on the physical nature of surgery while ignoring the psychological aspects, and that can lead to trouble. Today, we’re going to share some tips to ensure you are mentally and psychologically prepared for your spine operation.
Focus on the Benefits
Yes, there’s always the potential for complications or that the surgery won’t go perfectly, but the vast majority of patients undergo successful spine surgery without any hiccups. Instead of dwelling on what could go wrong, focus on all the things you’ll be able to do if the surgery is a success. Maybe you’ll be able to pick up your grandkids again or go out for a bike ride. Spine surgery improves the quality of life for the overwhelming majority of patients who undergo the surgery, so focus on what can all go right with your operation.
Make a Plan
One thing that stresses out many people prior to their spine operation is the lack of control they have over the procedure. Surgery is only a small step in your journey to recovery, and there are a number of controllable factors during this process. Focus on what you can control and make a plan. You can’t control every aspect, but many patients find that if they meal prep, clean the house, organize rides and plan some entertainment options for the first few days after the operation, they are ready for their surgery and feel more in control of the situation, which helps to reduce anxiety and stress.
Talk and Ask Questions
The prospect of surgery can be intimidating, but you’ll feel better about the operation if you talk about the procedure or any concerns you might have with friends, family, a therapist or your doctor. A lot of presurgical anxiety comes from the fear of the unknown, but your doctor can help to quell this fear by answering any questions you have about the operation or your recovery. We are always more than happy to answer any questions a patient might have because it often helps them find relief and get in a better mindset prior to surgery.
Commit to Pre- and Post-Surgery Routines
Finally, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by your doctor both before and after surgery. If you’re committed to your care guidelines before and after the operation, you’ll know that your body is in the best position to make a full recovery after your surgery. Knowing that you’re taking care of your physical body actually has psychological benefits for your mental and emotional health.