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Many patients fear surgery. Actually doctors can fear surgery as well. As an orthopedic patient who faced 2 shoulder surgeries - 1 on each shoulder for massive rotator cuff repairs - I had 1 doctor who was on the orthopedic staff at the clinic who had a torn bicep and confided that he was afraid to have it repaired. Instead he settled for cortisone shots.
I think what helps people face the fear of surgery is faith in the surgeon who will perform the surgery. I did a tremendous amount of research on the surgeon I chose. His credentials were impressive: he came from a family of surgeons, he had graduated with honors, was an instructor at a world famous university, and he was also a humanitarian who volunteered his medical services in 3rd world countries. So I knew that he was not only skilled and experienced, but he actually gave a damn about people. He was frank and honest with me regarding my surgery and what to expect. This also alleviated apprehension.
The surgeon also explained his preference for a particular hospital to have the surgery in because he had confidence in the team of nurses, anaesthesiologists, and other staff there. This also reassured me. A surgery requires a skilled coordinated team.
If you are going to have to have surgery, I hope you can have the choice of choosing someone you can have some knowledge of their ability and skills to give you some confidence and help you not feel so anxious. Remember to address your fears with your surgeon and he/she should be able to explain things to you and make you feel more at ease.
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