It’s perfectly natural to become a little nervous before having surgery,
even if this won’t be your first operation. If you’re getting
ready for a
vasectomy reversal, you probably already know that the reversal is generally more complex
than the original vasectomy. One way to calm your nerves is to ensure
that you select a surgeon who specializes in these surgeries and who has
Talk to Your Surgeon
Fear of the unknown can be particularly difficult to cope with. You may
find it helpful to schedule an additional consult with your vasectomy
reversal surgeon. Make sure you understand every step of the preparation,
procedure, and recovery processes. Patients often find that when they
fully understand the procedure and trust the expertise of the surgeon,
that their surgical anxieties are lessened.
Use Relaxation Methods
Let your partner know that you’re experiencing some
anxiety about the upcoming procedure and tell her if there is anything she can do to help you. You might want
to go out and see a movie to distract yourself, for example. In addition
to planned distractions, try listening to soothing, tranquil music. Close
your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose, and then breathe out
slowly through your mouth. Visualize the end goal of the vasectomy reversal,
which, of course, is to become a parent. Focus on your hopes and dreams
for your child, and let these visualizations soothe your worries.
It’s not unusual for people to turn to tobacco, alcohol, or even
herbal supplements when they’re under significant stress. But because
you’re preparing for a surgery, it’s essential to stay in
good physical health. Tobacco will increase the risk of surgical complications
and delay the healing process. Alcohol and some herbal supplements may
also increase the risks. Always consult your physician before taking any
supplements or medications before surgery.
Here at the
Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Joshua Green works closely with each patient and his partner to assuage
surgical anxieties, answer questions, and support a comfortable recovery.
In fact, all patients of Dr. Green’s in Sarasota and beyond receive
his personal cellphone number in case unexpected issues or questions arise.
To reach our office, call (941) 894-6428.