How to Prepare for Surgery Mentally

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( — July 23, 2019) — Are you going under the knife for the first time? Well, you will be advised of a lot of things that you have to prepare for physically before the surgery. Although, one must be prepared mentally too. Preparing yourself mentally or emotionally will help you to recover faster. If you are wondering about how to prepare for surgery mentally, then you are at the right place. There are several ways by which you can prepare yourself mentally before the surgery.

How to Prepare for Surgery Mentally

Don’t know how to prepare for surgery mentally? You can practice a relaxation exercise before the surgery, perform a deep-breathing exercise and many more. 

How to Prepare Mentally?

Here are some of the techniques that you can use for you preparing yourself emotionally and mentally before a procedure such as a breast lift, tummy tuck or more:

  1. Practice the relaxation exercise daily before the surgery

  2. Perform the deep-breathing exercise regularly

  3. Always think in a positive way

  4. Use the imaging and visualization technique 

  5. Learn more about how to manage pain after the surgery and what to eat beforehand

  6. Share your concerns and questions (if any) with your doctor and team of plastic surgeons

Being anxious or tensed just before the surgery is a common thing. You can too face this if you are about to go for a surgery. But you have to master the art of relaxation when you are preparing yourself for the surgery. Positive thinking and deep breathing can help you to overcome the anxiety and stress to some extent. Also, you can take the help of the internet to know more details about the surgery and how you can take care of yourself after that. Having ample knowledge will help you to be emotionally and mentally ready for the surgery.

Preparing Physically for Surgery

Besides being prepared for surgery mentally, you have to prepare yourself physically too. Here are some of the important rules that you have to follow:

  1. Follow a healthy diet plan as your body needs enough nutrition to fight against any infection and heal faster after the surgery.

  2. Drink plenty of water daily to avoid dehydration. Drink at least 6 glasses of water with 8-ounce of water in each glass.

  3. Make sure to practice exercises for post-surgery recommended by your doctor. You will have to do them after the surgery is done.

  4. Avoid waxing or shaving your body, especially your thighs, abdomen and pelvic area for at least 1 week before your surgery. If you are going for breast surgery, then do not shave your underarms. If your hair is needed to be removed before the operation, it will be done by the hospital staff.

  5. You may have to stop taking some of the medication before the surgery. For this, it is better to consult the surgeon who is going to operate on you. He/she can exactly tell you about the medication you can continue or you need to discontinue.

Bottom Line

So, these are some of the effective ways on how to prepare for surgery mentally and physically. As much as physical preparation is important, mental or emotional preparation is also important. You have to make sure that you are completely relaxed and stress-free when you are being operated whether it be for medical purposes or for plastic surgery. Practice the above mentioned techniques to prepare mentally and calm your mind down before the surgery starts so that you can recover successfully.