Family and Visitors
Each age has its own fears and concerns before the upcoming operation. For example, children are most afraid of separation from their parents. They might think that their parents abandoned them. Middle-aged people associate with the operation a temporary or permanent inability to lead an active lifestyle. Elderly patients are more concerned about issues of life and death, as well as unwillingness to become an involuntary burden for loved ones. Below yon read tips and recommendations for the patient’s family and visitors.
How to Mentally Prepare Your Family Member for Surgery?
- Maintain the authority of the attending physician as much as possible, because the patient’s trust in the doctor plays the main role in normalizing the patient’s psyche and the outcome of the operation. Do not focus the patient on one or another minor oversight of the medical staff, so as not to undermine the credibility of the treatment as a whole;
- Try to adjust the patient to a positive attitude towards the upcoming surgical intervention but do not unnecessarily focus on it, putting it on a par with all types of non-surgical medical procedures necessary in this case for treatment. Avoid terms such as “cut” or “scalpel”. Just be attentive to the problems that concern the person;
- Now, at serious clinics, medical psychologists are working to help patients find mental strength in the fight against the disease. Be sure to contact this specialist for advice and psychological help. If there is no such specialist in the clinic, you can use the services of an ordinary practical psychologist;
- Be close to the patient, do not leave him or her without your attention and participation since negative thoughts and memories will certainly cause a depressed mood and can lead to refusal to take medical care. Dispel fears, translating the conversation into a positive channel or carefully changing the topic of conversation;
- Before the surgery, it is necessary to strictly observe all the doctor’s prescriptions: it is very important for the patient to understand that he or she was properly prepared and the risk of possible complications is minimized;
- If the operation obviously leads a person to disability (for example, amputation of a limb or part thereof), try to explain to him or her how to fill this shortcoming in the future (prosthetics, the acquisition of special devices that make the patient’s life easier, lifestyle changes, etc.). A person must understand that life does not end there;
- If the patient is one of the believers, then try to support him or her spiritually: bring a prayer book, pray with him/her, invite the clergyman. As practice shows, in such cases, patients are much easier to tolerate surgery and are more likely to recover;
- Believe in the success of the operation. This will convey your positive attitude to the patient!