Our expert says:
It'd be a most excellent policy i all hospitals, especially private ones which could afford it, would have on staff or at least available, someone who could provide some basic counselling and support for people anxious about prospective operations or procedures.
As it stands, none do, but almost any general counsellor or shrink ought to be able to help you, very adequately. It may also help to ask the urologist or one of his saff to give you a simple explanation of exactly what will and will not ! be done in the procedure, as one most readily feels fearful of the unknown. Once you're in hospital for the procedure they will probably give you some premed which will reduce your anxiety considerably, but you'll want support in reducing such anxiety before then, and that's where a counsellor can help. You can then look at the ratonal and irrational aspcts of what fears / anxieties you feel, and also learn to delax deliberately, and to let yourself feel soothed and not disturbed by the prospect of a helpful procedure.
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