MENTAL WELLBEING

Surgery and Procedures

We believe in the importance of taking care of our patient’s mental as well as physical wellbeing whilst under our care. We therefore provide the opportunity for our patients to meet with our Clinical Psychologist, should they need any professional psychological support in relation to their medical condition, procedure or surgery.

It is very common for people undergoing medical procedures or surgery to experience some degree of anxiety beforehand. Patients may worry about anaesthetic, pain or the outcome of surgery.

For medical procedures such as endoscopies, patients may feel concerned about what the procedure will feel like. They might worry about experiencing pain or discomfort or they may feel embarrassed or self-conscious.

If you are struggling with worry or anxiety before your surgery or procedure, you may wish to consider having some counselling from our Clinical Psychologist. You might find it helpful to talk through the procedure or surgery you are having and any concerns or uncertainties that you might have. You will also have the opportunity to learn some methods that will help reduce anxiety, such as relaxation and mindfulness-based techniques.

Interestingly, research shows that patients that are able to manage their anxieties effectively in the preoperative phase are less likely to have pre and post operative complications, such as hypertension or nausea and are likely to have less postoperative inflammation and pain.

If you are undergoing a medical procedure or surgery with Mr Stellakis and feel that you would benefit from meeting with our Clinical Psychologist beforehand, please let us know.

Chronic Conditions

Living with chronic health conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease or Colitis, can take its toll on a person’s mental health. If you are a patient living with one of these conditions and are struggling with anxiety or depression, you may benefit from engaging in a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with our Clinical Psychologist.

CBT is a type of talking therapy which has been shown to be highly effective in improving mood, reducing anxiety and stress and alleviating physical symptoms such as pain and fatigue, in patients with IBS and IBD. If you are a patient with IBS or IBD and are interested in finding out more about psychological therapy to help you manage your condition, please contact us.