Stress and Elective Surgery in COVID-19 Environment

It is a well-known fact that most people going to surgery experience a certain increase in stress and anxiety anticipating their procedure. With longer wait times and more uncertainty in the current environment, the situation becomes even more stressful. Everyone out there who is waiting is important and deserves to be seen as soon as possible.

Elective surgeries are a bit of a misnomer, and the name only sounds like a person has a choice whether or not to do it.  In reality, what that means is that a procedure is not life-threatening or urgent, and can be scheduled. However, we also know that long medical wait times create unneeded stress and anxiety.  We have to now manage it too, on top of our other anxiety about today’s world.

Studies show that less stressed patients report better outcomes. There are a few things you can do to lower your stress level related to waiting for surgery.

Here are some things to consider while waiting:

  1. Stay in touch with your doctor, physiotherapists or chiropractor. Ask them what you can do now. Most doctors can provide phone consultation, and some physiotherapist and chiropractors can help by phone or online instructions on how to exercise safely.
  2.  Discuss a different pain management plan with your doctor if your pain level increases significantly.
  3. Try to stay physically active. Depending on your mobility, it may still be possible to go for a walk. Walking is a great stress reducer.
  4. Do some exercises at home. If able, sign up for online yoga classes – some offer chair classes from the comfort of your own home.
  5. Research your private options and get your medical records reviewed. Doing can provide you with actionable items and you are not obligated to go private route if your surgery is rescheduled locally in a timely manner.

If you have any questions about exploring your private surgery options, we are here to help. Toll-free 1 877- 344- 3544.

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