Prepping For Surgery: Ways To Reduce Stress And Speed Recovery

Oberlin, KS (July 25, 2016) – On Wednesday, August 17, the Golden Age Center in Oberlin is offering Prepping for Surgery, a free health program featuring techniques to help those facing surgery stay calm, reduce pain and recover more quickly. The program is from 3pm-4pm and is open to the public.

Prepping for Surgery is part of a free monthly health and wellness series available at the Golden Age Center. The sessions are presented via interactive televideo (ITV) through Decatur Health System’s (DHS) membership in the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Susan Rieger
Susan Rieger

Susan Rieger, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified yoga instructor, will facilitate the program. She is part of a team of health experts available through Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing.

“Learning ways to cope with the anxiety that can build up in the days before surgery can be very helpful for both patients and their family members,” says DHS nurse Tammy Touslee, RN.

NIH research found that surgery-induced stress response is largely similar to that triggered by traumatic injuries. Research has also shown that patients who are not mentally prepared for surgery can experience higher levels of pain and, subsequently, prolonged hospital stays.

“In just one hour, participants will have tools they can use to control anxiety about an upcoming surgery and quickly get back on their feet,” says Brooke Groneman, Director of Outreach for MCA.

To participate in Prepping for Surgery from 3pm-4pm on Wednesday, August 17, or to get information about other upcoming free health programs, please call 785-475-3222.