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Coping with Surgical Anxiety Before Your Vasectomy Reversal

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 impressive credentials.

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.

Avoid Self-Medicating

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.

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