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Anesthesia | Can My Anesthesiologist Help with Pre-Op Anxiety?
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If I am unusually anxious or stressed before my hysterectomy, what can the anesthesiologist do to help me calm down while I wait in the pre-op area?
Anxiety and nerves before a hysterectomy are normal, especially once you get to the hospital. While you are waiting in pre-op, there a couple of ways the anesthesiologist can help you be more calm right before your hysterectomy if your nerves have the best of you!
The first thing the anesthesiologist can do is simply spend time with you. Studies have shown that spending time with the patient and discussing their concerns can be more effective for alleviating fear than using sedation methods. Your anesthesiologist can talk to you about your fears and concerns, and he can answer any questions may have. He can also go over what anesthesia will be used and what will happen in the operating room. Knowing the facts can help you feel more in control and less anxious. It can also help you to know that the one in charge of you during your hysterectomy has taken time to learn about you so he can adequately keep you safe and comfortable.
If you still feel anxious and nervous after the anesthesiologist has evaluated you and explained everything to your satisfaction, he can give you a sedative such a Versed (a Valium-like medication). The sedative can help you to relax and keep you calm while you wait for your hysterectomy to begin.
Don’t hesitate to share your concerns and fears with your anesthesiologist. His job is to help you be safe and comfortable for your hysterectomy–and that can start in the pre-op holding area.
This content was written by a member of HysterSisters.com as a non-medical professional based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
04-09-2014 - 05:39 PM
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