Pre-Surgery Fears

Updated on November 3, 2019 in Pre-Operation Surgery Questions & Answers
7 on September 18, 2019

I met with my surgeon last week, and he spoke with my allergist. They agree that my asthma is now being managed well enough for me to undergo surgery. So my surgery has been scheduled for the first week of October.

I’m really excited about this, but I’m also really nervous and scared. I’m scared that I won’t be able to make the life changes I need to make in order to be successful with this surgery. How did you all deal with this fear?

 
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0 on September 19, 2019

I imagine I’ll feel the same way once I have my surgery date set.  When fears pop into my head, my plan is to remind myself of all the other times that I was scared and I struggled, but I made it through the storm.

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0 on September 20, 2019

I remember feeling similarly in the weeks before my surgery. It is scary. It’s a huge change to make. We are all here to support you on your journey – you won’t be going through this alone. Whenever I got scared or worried, I’d remind myself that I could do it. I’d take it one minute at a time if I needed to, but I would get through it. 

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0 on September 22, 2019

I fear the same things, Becky. I try not to think about it too much because it really makes me anxious. I think the best thing we can do is to commit to the changes that are being asked of us and to realize that even if we slip up from time to time, it doesn’t mean we’re failures. 

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0 on September 26, 2019

Even going to the consultation makes me nervous! It feels like I’m about to apply for a job, and the employer can see everything about me. At this point, I’m more scared about finding out what’s really wrong with my body than anything else.

It’s rather comforting to see that I’m not alone with such feelings.

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2 on October 20, 2019

Hey ya’ll Im 6yrs post op. To answer the fear resolution issue, I always say let the crazy out before surgery day to a RN, An Coordinator or ur surgeon. However, the best tool u can get, is to do some independent research on what is ailing you. I have literally heard all the fears, from Blood loss, DVT, To failing before it starts or you would be the 1% that doesn’t lose.

The key with the loss, is to ask your surgeon what size Bougie tool she/he uses in creating the new pouch. In DVT concerns, read up on Ted Hose and why they are important, on blood loss, get a hemocrit level done 2 wks prior. This can help you feel like an active partner in your surgery, and it should be, you are about to undertake a big project!

I know you all will do great on the loser bench, I lost 229 and had 2 babies after surgery and lost their weight too. You can definitely gain back your control.

on November 3, 2019

Thank you so much! I guess it really boils down to how much we want to educate ourselves about the process itself. I’m wary of the information on the internet, and I’m not sure if the surgeon will openly respond to my questions and requests like you mention, but that’s what I should be working on.

on November 3, 2019

Ask me anything ur nervous about…I can at least point you to finding an answer!

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