Head and Neck Surgeries
Family Inter family relations arrangements at the decision making process;
It is helpful to know that during the phase of making a decision about the surgery, along with the pressure we fill, our first degree relatives feel under pressure as well. We may have to deal with both our stress and the stress of our relatives. For this reason first degree relatives of the patient should be included in the decision making process and their approval and support should be taken, which will minimize the stress of the patient about the surgery. Patient will come off the whole process in a more relaxed way. “If patient is accompanied by a first degree relative in the meetings before the surgery and if they can manage to trust the doctor mutually and approve doctor’s decisions, this will make everything easier”. If all the family and friends are against this procedure, patient will be much more concerned. Coping with troubles all by ourselves, fighting with windmills will wear us out. “Instead of rushing into a decision, it is better to decide for the operation after all conditions are finalized.” This way the process after the surgery will be more comfortable, with warm support of others. We doctors are not running anywhere, it is crucial to perform the surgery under best circumstances at a right time in the future if necessary. After reaching a mutual decision call your doctor to set a date for the surgery. Key words: inter-family decision making, best circumstances and then getting an appointment.
After deciding to have the surgery, following needs to be taken into consideration before the surgery;
After I talk with my patients and reach a mutual decision to have the surgery, I see that a very sensitive process starts for my patients. It is very normal to be anxious, excited, frightened and even scared a little bit until the operation room. We all are human and we may be concerned before a major procedure that will change our nose, our appearance forever. Even though I go over the whole process many times, now it is the patients turn to deal with the situation. My experience show that the best way to manage this situation is maintaining that positive, efficient and warm moral motivational support until the operation table. During this period I tell my patients to ask me any detail that come to their mind even if they think it is pointless and I motivate them to continuously communicate with me and if possible come and visit me. “My role here is to ensure that you are full prepared for the whole process and all physical and psychological conditions you will face”. You are not a doctor, you cannot exactly know what you will go through and what you will face! We are scared of thing that we do not know, we are not scared of or concerned about things we know, so the more we learn, better we can fight with our fears! Critical words: warm communication – extensive information – and knowing that I am by your side throughout the whole process.