Arm Lift Surgery and Anxiety
As long as your [board-certified] plastic surgeon has ruled out any medical condition that could make your surgery unsafe or lead to delayed wound healing, I see no problem. However, you should tell your doctor about your anxiety, perhaps he can allay your concern by explaining his techniques on how to reduce and avoid complications.
Of course, it is not uncommon to have some anxiety; some people even experience it at the mere sight of a dentist. Nevertheless, you must at least control it through meditation, visualisation, and positive thinking.
To further allay your concern, plastic surgery that is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon--or specifically a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery--has a very low rate of complication.
ABPS members are uniquely qualified because they have trained under the guidance of a more senior plastic surgeon for two to three years; and they have passed rigorous oral and written exam.
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Good luck and best wishes.
Its not uncommon to have elevated blood pressure around anxiety inducing situations. Mild hypertension should not effect your surgical day. Anesthesia is well prepared for these situations. Good Luck!
If I usually have normal blood pressure, but it is high on the day of surgery because I am nervous, is that a problem?
It sounds like your blood pressure is generally well controlled. Now, it is time to control your anxiety (sometimes easier said than done); with anxiety control, your blood pressure should be controlled at the facility as well. Use every relaxation technique that you can think of (try music, medication, positive thoughts, affirmations…). Best wishes for smooth surgery and an outcome that you will be very pleased with.
It's not unusual for patients to have white coat hypertension in the immediate pre-operative period. Once patients are allowed to relax and settle down in the pre-operative holding area, blood pressure often returns to normal levels. This can be facilitated by a calm surgeon who reassures his patients. In other cases, pre-operative sedation may be helpful as well.
If you're concerned about pre-operative anxiety and elevated blood pressure, it's important to discuss this issue with your surgeon. Your surgeon can, hopefully, reassure you and alleviate your anxiety.
White Coat Hypertension is common on the day of surgery
Most people are understandably nervous on their "big day" and some increase in blood pressure is to be expected. If you're very nervous, let your doctor know so he or she can spend some extra time with you and help calm your anxiety before surgery. A good time to engage in conversation is when your doctor is taking photos or marking your skin. I always spend an extra few minutes talking with patients before surgery, and it helps makes the whole experience much better. Your anesthesia providers can give medication to regulate your blood pressure during surgery, but on rare occasions, it may be very high and surgery may need to be postponed.
it is not unusual to have some anxiety before surgery. and this will elevate your pressure. as long as there are no other medical reasons for this, it will be fine to do the surgery. you may want to ask the anesthesia person for some relaxing meds (before the surgery) to calm your nerves. this can be given in your IV, after you have talked to your surgeon (the day of surgery).
Your health is the most important issue especially with cosmetic procedures. It is customary to complete a full health history and phsyical with every patient, in addition I request blood work and EKG for all my patients. If you have an history of hyper tension and are on medication you will provide that information and your primary doctor for consultation if needed. Everyone can have " white coat " syndrome and I take repeated readings to ensure that you are a great candidate for cosmetic surgery.