Undergoing Psychological Assessments For Spinal Stimulation Surgery

By Joseph Cooper


Before doctors decide whether or not to operate on patients, they are charged with making sure these people are totally prepared for what lies ahead of them. Part of this process involves delving into the mindsets of patients and ensuring they understand fully what will happen to them both during the operation as well as afterward. As a potential patient yourself, you might face going through one of these examinations. You might want to know what to expect during one of these psychological assessments for spinal stimulation surgery.

For many people, the idea of going through an operation even one that is relatively minor can be particularly nerve wracking and frightening. For example, they may not want to think about being put to sleep under general sedation for an unknown amount of time. They might be afraid of not being able to wake up and lingering in a coma. They also may be afraid of what the surgeons and nurses will do to them during the time they are sedated. This loss of control can be enough to damage an already fragile person's psyche.

Some of your anxieties may also stem from not knowing who will be in the room with you while you are asleep. You know your surgeon and nurses will be in there. However, there could be dozens of others coming and going during the procedure. The idea of people you do not know seeing you in a vulnerable state might worry you.

Even if patients are mentally ready for the actual procedure, they may not be ready to be an active part in their own recoveries. Once they are out of the hospital, they no longer will have the nurses and doctors to rely on to tell them what to do. They have to do things for themselves, which can be more than some people are ready for after going through a procedure. This assessment will reveal people's willingness to obey doctors' orders.

Your recovery could be negatively impacted by unrealistic expectations you have of the procedure itself. Some people have high hopes for their surgical outcomes. Others expect to be 100 percent totally cured after they get home from the hospital. You will need to inform your doctor of your own expectations for the outcome you envision.

If you harbor unrealistic goals for yourself, your care team will attempt to correct you. They will tell you what is more likely to happen and why your goals may not be realistic at all. Once you are corrected, you will then be assessed again for your readiness to undergo the surgical process.

You can expect this assessment to be done several days if not a week or longer prior to your operation. This timeline will give the surgeon plenty of time to prepare you adequately. He or she may also prescribe medications that could keep you calm and focused during the days and weeks leading up to the appointment.

Going through most kinds of surgery typically will involve going through a thorough psychological assessment first. This test will be administered several days or weeks before the actual operation is scheduled and done. It is one aspect of making sure the doctor does not do any more harm than absolutely necessary to the patient in question.




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