Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation or muscle relaxation can be helpful. These techniques can be learned in classes or with the help of pre-recorded audio training courses. Massages, acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy or hypnosis are sometimes offered before surgery too.
The feeling of anxiety before going under surgery, also known as preoperative or preoperational anxiety, is incredibly common. A lot of patients who know they will have surgery will start to experience it.
Surgery is a traumatic treatment that usually associated with bleeding, pain, the risk of morbidity or sometimes death. Anxiety is disagreeable emotional experience which may cause patients undergoing intended surgical operation to avoid such procedures .
While it's normal to fear the unknown, it is also important to understand the facts—and the fact is that mortality rates associated with general anesthesia are quite low, particularly for cosmetic surgery procedures. Overall, general anesthesia is very safe, and most patients undergo anesthesia with no serious issues.
Two common fears that patients cite about anesthesia are: 1) not waking up or 2) not being put “fully to sleep” and being awake but paralyzed during their procedure. First and foremost, both cases are extremely, extremely rare. In fact, the likelihood of someone dying under anesthesia is less than 1 in 100,000.
Use Breathing Techniques
Breathing techniques can help you focus and relieve your stress. The simplest breathing technique is to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. If you concentrate on breathing in this manner, steadily and deeply, it will help you relax your entire body during the procedure.
General anesthesia relaxes the muscles in your digestive tract and airway that keep food and acid from passing from your stomach into your lungs. Always follow your doctor's instructions about avoiding food and drink before surgery. Fasting is usually necessary starting about six hours before your surgery.
Do not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before your scheduled surgery. Do not chew gum or use any tobacco products. Leave jewelry and other valuables at home. Take out removable teeth prior to transfer to the operating room and do not wear glasses or contact lenses in the OR.
How long does it take for anesthesia to kick in? General anesthesia usually puts you to sleep in less than 30 seconds.
Stop taking ALL natural products, herbal medicines, vitamins, and other supplements 7 days before your surgery. They may be resumed when your doctor says it is OK.
Street or 'recreational' drugs, such as heroin, LSD and cocaine, can strongly influence the anaesthetic. Cocaine and ecstasy are two drugs that excite the nervous system. They may excite your heart, producing dangerous swings in blood pressure and heart rate, both during and after the operation.
One Week Pre-Surgery
Vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, fish oils, and all herbal supplements should all be STOPPED 1 week pre-surgery (including your multivitamin).
Melatonin decreases the amount of anesthesia needed for surgery. Kava Kava, Hawthorn, Lemon verbena, Muwort, Lavender and Valerian/Valerian Root: (taken to promote relaxation and sleep) have tranquilizing properties and should not be combined with other sedative agents. WARNING!
What is pre-verification checklist? It is a checklist that is required to be asked and assessed as part of your safe care before going for surgery. What will I expect? Your nurse in the Preoperative Holding or Prep area on the day of surgery will make sure that all your requirements are done before surgery.
Mornings are Best
When it comes to surgery scheduling, the time of day you choose can make a huge difference in your surgical outcome and recovery. In fact, researchers conducting a 2006 Duke University study found that surgeries scheduled between 3 and 4 p.m. had a higher rate of post-op vomiting, nausea, and pain.
Sleep disturbances produce harmful effects on postoperative patients and lead to a higher risk of delirium, more cardiovascular events, and poorer recovery.
Hypoxia can cause brain damage or even damage to other organs. The longer this occurs, the more damage there will be. If this does occur to a patient, it can result in depression, heart failure, an increased heart rate, and even high blood pressure long after the surgery is completed.
General anesthesia suppresses many of your body's normal automatic functions. This includes those that control breathing, heartbeat, circulation of the blood (such as blood pressure), and movements of the digestive system.
Why does your anesthesiologist ask you to take acetaminophen before surgery? The acetaminophen/Tylenol helps reduce your pain after surgery. Acetaminophen helps reduce the amount of other medications, such as narcotics, you need to help manage your pain. Avoid excessive alcohol use before surgery.
Are they safe the night prior to anesthesia? Yes, they are almost never unsafe. Common sleep medications such as Ambien, Ativan, or Valium taken at 10 pm won't complicate the anesthetic course which begins 9 hours or more into the future on the following day.