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I think you have done a fine job of getting all the testing done, picking a surgeon and making up your mind to move forward with the surgery. I suspect now you are into the anticipatory anxiety stage.
An infinite number of human experiences cause
normal anticipatory anxiety. Many times we experience anxiety in anticipation
of doing something new or before completion of a major task or life event. Life
offers us the experience of many anxiety-provoking “firsts” and this surgery is one of your firsts.
Know you have patient's rights and write down what your goal is - to get through surgery with as little as possible IV sedation. However there is no way to avoid being medicated with anesthesia for your procedure. I would suggest that you make an appointment with your Surgeon and find out what type of anesthesia will be used for your procedure. Facing your fears will help you overcome them and prepare you for no surprises post-op.
Accepting that you are having surgery and with it comes a recovery period which is different for each person will serve you well. Go on your fact finding mission but keep in mind that you will heal after surgery and if all works well you will get back to your old routine of exercising.
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