Anxiety Before Having Surgery

The anxiety experienced before surgery is very complex. Fears of needles, pain, or failed medical treatment are not completely unfounded – although mistakes seldom occur, they do happen everywhere. Interventions are frequently viewed as a threat to physical integrity. Anesthesia is especially anxiety-provoking in that it places patients’ control over themselves and their bodies completely into the hands of doctors. The uncertainty of how the illness will progress in the future after the intervention also leads to insecurity and anxiety.


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