New study reveals a direct link between your mood and the success rate of surgery!

A recent study throws light on the link between mood and the success rate of surgery. As per a study that has been presented in the annual meeting of Radiology Society of North America, a patient’s mood may decide how smoothly surgery happens. Patients who are excessively anxious or stressed about the surgery may not have a smooth surgery. On the contrary, patients who are calm and stable have better surgeries.

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1 Who Were Included in the Study?

The researchers studied 230 cases of surgeries that comprised of 110 male patients and 120 female patients of the average age of 55 years. These were patients who underwent different surgery procedures like kidney and vascular interventions. These were image guided interventional radiology procedures.

Who Were Included in the Study?

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2 How The Study Was Conducted?

The researchers used a questionnaire referred to as the‘Positive Affect Negative Affect Schedule’ (PANAS) to gauge the mood of the patients being tested. The patients were told to rate on a five point rating scale the positive feelings they were getting, like being in control, positive, determined and alert. They were also asked to rate their negative emotions like guilt, fear and anxiety on the same scale.

The researchers then grouped the patients based on the high and low scores in negative and positive effects on mood to find whether there was a correlation between mood and success rate of surgery.

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The doctors then tried to find a link between these groups and the problems that occurred during the surgery procedures. The negative impacts during surgery that were taken into account were prolonged lack of oxygen, low or high blood pressure,and very slow heart rate of post operation bleeding.

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3 What The Outcome Indicated?

The results indicated that there was a direct connection between mood and surgery and people with greater negative ratings had greater negative impacts during the surgical procedure. Out of the 126 patients who had less negative ratings as per PANAS, only 15 of them suffered negative impacts during the surgery. This made up just 12% of the tested population.

On the contrary, out of the 104 patients who had high negative ratings as per PANAS, 23 suffered negative impacts. This made up nearly 22%. The outcome clearly shows that mood of the patient undergoing surgery is a determining factor of its success.

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What The Outcome Indicated?

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4 What the Researchers Have To Say About The Outcome?

The research has thrown a new beam of light in the direction of surgery. As doctors slowly realise the link between the emotional state of the patient and the ease of doing a surgery, the doctors may reason out new ways to make the patient feel comfortable and get rid of his anxiety regarding the surgery.

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Most of the interventional radiology surgery procedures are done by providing sedatives to the patient but the patient is awake during the procedure. Better interaction during such procedures may help to reveal many more facts regarding surgeries and health.

What the Researchers Have To Say About The Outcome?

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NadjaKadom, the author of the study, reveals that he is completely surprised by the outcome of the study. He says he had never guessed there could be a connection between the patient’s mood and surgery. Presently, he is in the US at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Boston’s interventional radiologist Elvira V Lang reveals that their study shows that mood matters. She further adds that the patient does not need to be cheerful and happy during the procedure. It is just important that he gets over the negative emotions and has a neutral state of mind. She also states that the patient also impacts the healthcare professional equally in a procedure room.

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5 What is the Next Step?

The study has brought out the most unexpected result. Now the impact of mood on surgical procedures has become very evident. Healthcare professionals now need to take steps to ease the tension and anxiety from the minds of the patients before they execute the surgery. They need to make sure that there are no negative emotions in the mind of the individual before they commence. This way, chances of adverse effects like variation in blood pressure, heart rate or bleeding after the surgery could be reduced greatly and the success rate of surgery can increase.

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