How to Conquer Anxiety & Fear of C -section and other Surgery.

The two most commonly reported fears associated with C-section and other surgery are the fear of pain and anxiety relating to the anaesthetic. Over the years I have nursed many patients suffering unnecessary anxiety due to their limited knowledge and belief in common myths.

It's perfectly normal to feel anxious and fearful about upcoming surgery and especially today with short stays in hospital, patients can feel very much on their own making the need for knowledge and understanding even more important .

The mind can easily runaway with fear of the unknown and anxiety about feeling pain during surgery.Some proven strategies to counter these are relaxation, mindfulness and meditation exercises. An excellent pre surgery CD I can recommend is available from

Usually Drs issue patients with simple preoperative information to help allay fears and inform them about their procedures. Your hospital or local college of obstetricians or surgeons will also provide information sheets online or in person. In addition, Nurse on call and Maternal and child health services can be of assistance after your surgery. 

It is helpful for people to understand the healing process and the things like nutrition, activity/exercise and wound care that will optimise their recovery from surgery. Post operative complications such as wound infections, DVT’s (blood clots) and chest infections can largely be prevented with good self management.

Adequate pain relief is vital to maintain comfort therefore it is important to continue medications regularly in the early days post operatively. Gentle exercise, fresh air and sunshine are also important to your recovery. To facilitate mobility after C section or surgery it is advisable to splint or brace the wound with a cushion, rolled towel or dedicated splint device such as the SAC splint available from

Today, healthcare advocates partnerships in care and encourages patients to be equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary for optimising post op recovery.

Knowledge is power, so it is important to take action, ask questions to better understand your procedure and also to equip yourself with information and resources to help allay fear and anxieties.