Facing surgery can be a worrying time and can raise questions, doubts and uncertainties. The lead up to surgery is a good time to address your concerns. People who prepare physically and mentally for surgery have fewer complications, less pain and recover more quickly than those who don’t.
Surgery has an emotional impact and can be stressful. Managing stress can improve your ability to understand information, cope with uncertainty and manage pain. There are a range of ways that you can manage your stress such as seeking information from a trusted source (your GP, treating clinician), using relaxation techniques, and practicing meditation and mindfulness.