The thought of having to undergo surgery can be an unnerving one for many people. Donald Sonn, a surgeon and urologist practicing in Massachusetts, has performed many surgeries over the course of his career and strives to makes his patients and their families as comfortable as possible during what is undoubtedly a difficult time.
One of the biggest reasons people tend to worry of surgery is the simple fact that they do not have a lot of information about the process. Most people only have a vague notion of what surgery entails and certainly do not understand the specifics of the type of surgery they or their loved ones will have to go through. Luckily, much of this anxiety can be relieved by simply talking to your doctor about the surgery. There are numerous different types of surgery ranging from simple outpatient procedures to more complex operations that can leave patients in the hospital for days after the surgery is complete. Simply understanding what kind of surgery you are having can be a great source of comfort even if it is a major procedure since understanding the basics of it can help you make sense of it. Also, simply knowing that your doctor cares enough to take the time to answer your questions can really help to reduce the stress associated with the event.
It’s also comforting to know that as medical science advances surgeries are becoming less and less intrusive. There are numerous diseases and injuries that were once only treatable by rather invasive measures that are now treatable by safe and fairly simple outpatient procedures. A condition that might have required an invasive and scaring treatment a decade ago might only require a routine and painless procedure today.
Another key thing to remember when undergoing surgery is to listen to your doctor’s instructions. It’s easy to forget small things like not eating before the day of the surgery or things like that, but those instructions are given for a reason and if you should happen to forget then it’s always important to tell your doctor so that they can decide if they need to reschedule the surgery for another day.
Dr. Donald Sonn has been performing surgeries for nearly two decades now and currently serves as the Chief of Surgery at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. His experience and professionalism ensure that he always gives the highest quality of care to his patients during the difficult process of surgery.