1. I am afraid of the surgery. I don’t know if I can make it, if I will wake up?
Answer : The fear that appears before the surgery is natural and resulting from the uncertainty that comes with each surgery.
More or less, every patient feels this way (depending on more factors). If the doctors decided to operate you, then they believe that you can endure the surgery, to wake up and start the recovery process.
2. I heard that the operations in FILIP VTORI are very expensive. How can I get information about the cost?
Answer : Different types of surgeries are performed in FILIP VTORI (heart surgeries, surgeries of peripheral blood vessels, orthopedic surgeries,
urologic surgeries, abdominal surgeries). Of all these, the Health Insurance Fund covers surgeries of heart and surgeries of peripheral blood vessels and in this case the patient participates with a symbolic amount. The remaining types of surgeries should be entirely covered by the patient, and for their cost you can review the pricelist (the pricelist opens with a click). More detailed information about the costs of the surgeries as well as about all diagnostic procedures that are performed in the hospital you can get in the Diagnostic center of FILIP VTORI on the telephone number 3091-484.
3. How to tell the closest people (family and friends) that I am going to have a surgery?
Answer : A lot of patients face this dilemma mostly because of the fear of the unpleasant reactions coming from their closest people (they do not want to upset them, to disrupt their already planned activities, etc.). The information should be told with simple words, as you have already arranged with your doctor.
The earlier you tell, the faster they will adjust to the emergent situation and help you through the whole process.
4. The doctor told me that I should have a heart surgery and I started to feel somehow nervous, tearful,
my appetite changed and I started having problems with sleeping…? Is this normal?
Answer : Many patients feel this way. The surgery causes many thoughts and experiences which reflect your psycho-physical health. All of these symptoms show that your body is under stress, which is true,
because we don’t have heart surgeries every day – this is the emergent situation which requires engagement of all your body’s capacities in order to handle it.
There are a lot of things that you could do in order to feel better:
Always try to be resilient and optimistic about the surgery. For example, this thought may help you: “I am having this surgery to solve a serious health problem, to feel better after!
To go on with my life and rejoice in the beautiful things that will happen.”
- Associate with close people who will support you through the whole period, people who are always in a good mood and think positive.
Ignore those with negative thoughts.
- Share your feelings with a close and confident person. If you feel tearful, then cry! You will feel less pain if you share it with someone.
If you suppress and don’t share your emotions, you will feel tenser.
- If you want to know more about the surgery and if this calms you, than you should ask you doctor everything that interests you or look for additional information from a safe, relevant source (a book, web site, etc.).
Nevertheless, if this information upset you, then ignore them.
- Eat regularly and moderately because it will give you enough energy and you will feel stronger.
- If you already know some relaxation techniques, use them.
Yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, prayer, balanced breathing, etc., are proven ways for decreasing stress.
- Try to continue with your everyday activities as much as possible.
Read relaxing books, watch TV shows that make you feel pleasant and redirect your attention to positive things.
5. Would I be able to continue working after the surgery?
Answer : This is one of the most frequent questions asked by patients in the conversations before the surgery and it is completely justified.
Have in mind that every surgery is performed in order to alleviate the difficulties of the patient regardless of their nature.
Many times the purpose of the surgery is to completely resolve the health problem, but sometimes the objective may be to reduce difficulties,
in order to prevent further worsening of the disease or a preparation for some other intervention.
Of course the team of doctors in the hospital will do the best for you, in order to restore your working ability as much as possible.
But returning back to work will depend on many factors such as: the extent of complexity of the heath problem,
the recovery after the surgery as well as the type of the job position or the working assignments that you would like to return to.
For these reasons, after leaving this hospital, you will be scheduled for control examinations,
when together with the doctor you will agree for the extent of your further working engagement,
of course, all this in the interest of your psychological and physical health.
6. Is the surgery going to affect my intimate life?
Answer : Although this is very important to patients, however, they are very embarrassed to ask about it.
The quality of the intimate life is influenced by many psychological factors.
The reduction of its quality sometimes is a consequence of a stressful period which we all go through at some point.
The problems in the sexual sphere may occur also before the performance of the surgery because the organism is in a stage of so called anticipatory anxiety, i.e. stage of tension that is related to anticipation,
so the interest for everything that previously caused pleasure, including sexual pleasure, can be importantly reduced now.
A decline of the interest for sexuality is expected after the surgery due to: exhaustion from the surgery,
the type of surgery and the psychological stress during this process.