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Readers Respond: Ways To Overcome Surgery Anxiety

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Updated September 13, 2010

Surgery anxiety can make the thought of surgery seem like torture. Share your tips and suggestions for overcoming surgery anxiety. What helped you get past your fear of surgery and move on to better health? Surgery Anxiety Tips

fear of not waking up

In less than 3 weeks I will be having surgery. I have never had anything like this done.. I am so afraid that I won't wake up and be able to see my 3yo and my other 4 babies ever again. Let alone my husband or anyone else....if I don't have surgery I may die and if I do I may die..its so bad I cant eat all I do is sleep and cry and worry. I am terrified.
—Guest joann

Scared

Having a hernia repaired and scared to death to be put out help please
—Guest Fred

Heart Surgery

I was afraid, but I had no choice. It was have it or die. The dr. gave me a pill which relaxed me. I was out of it, didn't know anything. When they took me in, that's when I got my iv, catheter in. That's the deal from my dr. Not before but when I was out of it. 15 hrs. in O.R. Now I'm better, I'm 50 now and I got a long life to live. It's not bad. But I was scared like all of you. Trust in God and you will be fine.
—Guest John

Knee Surgery

For me the fear was always there. Bad experiences as a kid and a father who over dramatizes everything can lead to that. Now with the thought of facing a knee surgery due to multiple patella dislocations I'm not just scared. I'm terrified. Full blown panic attacks, I cry for hours on end. Everyone tells me to suck it up and quit being a baby but I don't think they understand the complete fear I'm in with just the thought of going to the doctor let alone surgery.
—Guest Kayla

There is Hope

I've worked as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room for many years and have experienced surgery as a patient. I've seen hundreds of individuals through the process of anesthesia and surgery and have observed that there are as many reactions to facing surgery as there are jelly bean flavors. They're all normal, but they're not all pleasant.
—Guest Karen

extreme fear of doctors surgeries drugs

I've had so much bad experiences, procedures like vaginal hysterectomy, drug issues, pain. Now I need to have an elbow replaced again. Just the thought makes me physically ill to the point I feel like I could have a heart attack. I can imagine anyone willingly putting themselves through any of this. I think I rather die. I know it sounds illogical. My husband tell me all the time. How do I deal with it? My arm is extremely painful and I have a lot of years of misery ahead. I just can't force myself to let someone inflict this painful, embarrassing, miserable ordeal on myself. I even worry that they might cut off my arm because its too far gone. Believe it or not I'm mostly sane. How can I cope. If I knew about the surgery for more than one minute, it would probably give me a heart attack!
—Guest Debbie

surgery fears

I looked up what to expect during and after my Endometrial Cancer surgery next week. I thought knowing what was coming would make it easier. It didn't. Tubes down the nose? A catheter? Vomiting? Staples? I feel sick just thinking about it. I'm very scared.
—Guest NHP

Fear of Fibroid surgery

I am very afraid of surgery and I should have this surgery but I have a lot of fears. How do I overcome this bad feeling and go to the surgery relaxed?
—Guest Aseel Qattawi

Freaked.

Im a 16 yr. Old female; I have Osteochondritis, and am going to have surgery in a week on my right knee, I'm extremely nervous, I really don't wanna do it, I'm really afraid of dying:(
—Guest Britterz95

Help

If you are afraid of surgery just ask a friend or family member to talk to you during your surgery to get your mind off things.
—Guest Rachel

Complication Insurance for surgeries

My mother was preparing for cataract surgery & was nervous about losing her sight. I searched around & found an insurance policy that covered surgical complications. It was cheap & paid a large lump sum if something happened. It gave both of us peace of mind. Ironically, the product was called Complication Insurance. Now, she is getting ready to have the cataract removed from her other eye with no worries.
—Guest Jason

Anxiety,panic,and hestitation to proceed

Weeks or the day I'm informed of the surgery i panic and have hundreds of reasons why i should reschedule. I awake in worse condition than prior to. The nurses see my name and no one wants the case.
—Guest Pamela

Anxiety

I need an angyoplasty which is a reconstructive surgery for deviated nasal septum. I am just writing here so I can overcome my fear of surgery. First time when I was 17 they tried to fix it but instead of fixing the septum they just made my nose look better. I will be strong and I will get my nose fixed so help me god.
—Guest David

knee replacement replacement

I am scheduled to have a lower part of a knee done over again because it has become loose in the bone. I am 86 and not the best candidate for surgery. I am having several blood tests , ecg, chest x=ray to determine my eligibility for the procedure. My blood circulation is not optimum but my blood pressure is under control and I feel pretty well except for my leg below my knee. but I dread it. The orthopedic dr said he would have me kicking a football in 6 weeks and said if the cardiologist did not approve, we would find another cardiologist. That was before he knew of my other problems` Roy
—rluptergrove

Biggest Concern was Nausea

I experienced severe post-op nausea after a C-section, so when I had to have surgery a few years later, my biggest concern was the nausea. I discussed it w/ my doctor and the anesthesiologist beforehand, and apparently there was some anti-nausea drug they put in the IV that must have been introduced between the time my daughter was born and the surgery abt five yrs later. I had complete faith and confidence in my doctor, so that part I wasn't worried about. When I woke up from the surgery, I was complimenting the post-op nurse on her hairstyle and asking for some iced tea. I was so relieved not to be nauseous! Since then, I've had a couple more minor surgeries and felt at ease going in because I knew they'd be using the same anesthesia "cocktail" that worked before. I also looked forward to the surgeries making me feel better (one for a deviated septum; there's a reason we have two nostrils and the other for fibroids).
—onthepatio

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