Surgery can be a worrying time for a lot of people and can raise questions, doubts and uncertainties. The lead up to surgery is a good time to address your concerns. Patients who prepare physically and mentally for surgery have fewer complications, less pain and recover more quickly than those who don’t.

The emotional impact of a pending surgery 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 (start with your GP) using relaxation techniques and practicing meditation and mindfulness.

Improving your general health and activity and reducing your use of alcohol and other drugs can also improve your ability to cope with hospitalisation and promote recovery after surgery.

If at any time, you feel that you may harm yourself or have thoughts of suicide, call an ambulance on triple zero (000).

You can also talk to: your family or friends, your doctor or call Lifeline on 13 11 14, available 24 hours a day


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