Coaching Before Surgery
Like many important life events, surgery is an experience we can improve with active preparation. You would expect an athlete to train for a sports event or a student to study for an exam, right? Likewise, you can make your surgical experience more comfortable, safe and successful with surgery coaching.
Coaching before Surgery will prepare you, allaying apprehension, promoting a favourable surgical outcome meaning you will recover even faster.
Why Coaching Before Surgery?
Multiple scientific studies have confirmed that relatively simple behavioural changes before surgery can improve postoperative outcomes including*:
Surgery coaching improves the outcome of your procedure by empowering you to go into the experience with more confidence and a relaxed mind and body.
When you reduce your health risks before and during the surgery, you can save on out of pocket costs spent on complications and a slow recovery afterwards.
* Dreher H, Mind-Body Interventions for Surgery: Evidence and Exigency, Advances In Mind-Body Medicine 14, 207-222, 1998
If you feel anxious or worried about your surgery, coaching is for you.
Benefits of Pre-Surgery Coaching
Many of us lead busy lives and need or want to return to our work and family as soon as possible. If you are well prepared for it, the opportunities for rapid recovery are greatly enhanced.
Because surgical procedures can affect our lives in many ways, healing is more than simply a physical process. In fact, faster physical healing is supported when your emotional and psychological needs are met.
At the physical level it was clear that those organs had to go, but emotionally she felt side swiped and not ready and she was breaking down, upset with disorganised thinking, unable to plan.
We worked over Zoom on the shock of the news and then, after the breathing exercise, did the process that gave her body the opportunity to share the wisdom that it needed to. It seemed illogical to her at first that we 'coached' her female organs but that eventually became obviously the right thing to do as she felt able to say goodbye to them and accept their impending removal. The role of those organs in vitality and mojo was 'delegated' to her body as a whole and her body also accepted that they would be gone. (It was like a family member leaving home!).
Then I coached her through the operation, coaching the veins and arteries to supply blood in a limited way to that area, and return to usual flow in just the right way after the operation. For the immune system to step up in just the right amount to save her from hospital acquired infection, to heal in just the right way (rather than over do it with adhesions or lumpy scars). For her gut to be hungry afterwards and the bowel to evacuate easily and effortlessly.
She also had a couple of sentences that she was going to ask the anaesthetist to speak to her when she was in the anaesthetic induced hypnotic state, and had picked a playlist so that she could relax during the operation to that, rather than hear the chatter in the operating room.
She was well prepared. She practised the breathing technique three times a day and on the way into the operating theatre.
She healed well and started gentle running after 8 weeks. She felt 'whole' and happy.
Surgical coaching can help you recover faster by giving you the tools you need to:
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