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Why some patients fear surgery

2018-03-24

Anxiety before an operation is a psychological issue where patients’ fear of surgery is so significant that they can begin to have physical symptoms such as a palpitations, nausea, and chest pain. A severe bout of anxiety is often referred to as a panic attack. Patients with an anxiety disorder may be more prone to surgical anxiety and fear than the average patient, but many people first experience it when preparing for surgery. Reasons for anxiety vary from fear of the unknown to having a bad experience with previous surgeries.