Wondering what to say to someone before surgery?
Whatever the procedure they’re having, I’m sure they’re a little nervous (maybe you are too), so wishing them well will go a long way.
Letting someone you care about know that you’re thinking of them, saying something heartfelt, and being there for them might be exactly what they need right now.
To help you out, here are 30+ encouraging, positive, and thoughtful things to say to someone before they go in for surgery:
What to Say to Someone Before Surgery (20+ Words of Encouragement)
- “I’m sending lots of positive energy your way and praying for a successful surgery.”
- “I’m here for you! If I can do anything to help, don’t hesitate to let me know.”
- “Wishing you a speedy recovery.”
- “Thinking of you and wishing you strength going into the procedure.”
- “May your surgery be successful and uneventful as I’m sure it will be!”
- “Sending love and healing vibes your way today, catch you when you’re allowed visitors”
- “Stay strong and remember that we’re all waiting to see you once you’re out of the theater.”
- “Good luck with the surgery – I’m sure it’ll go well and you’ll be back to your annoying self in no time!”
- “We’ll have a celebration when you come back and are feeling 100%!”
- “I’ll be there as soon as you come out, OK, I’ll be thinking of you!”
- “I love you so much, today will go just fine and you’ll be feeling on top of the world soon.”
- “Take a deep breath, remember you can do this, and I’m here for you no matter what.”
- “You have so much strength, I know you’ll do great today!”
- “You’re so brave and strong, don’t forget that in the coming days.”
- “We’ll look back and remember this day in the future, it’s going to be a great day.”
- “I’ll be in the waiting room when you come round, don’t worry.”
- “You’re in safe hands, try not to think about it too much and you’ll be out in no time.”
- “I’m going to be right by your side from when you come out of surgery through your recovery.”
- “I wish I could hold your hand in the theater, I’ll be thinking about you.”
- “It’ll be over before you even realize it’s started, good luck, and see you later.”
10+ Funny Things to Say to Someone Before Surgery
If you want to keep things lighthearted and know the person going for surgery appreciates some humor, you could say:
- “I hope you get some strong meds, feel free to share with me when I come to see you.”
- “I can’t believe how far you go just to get some time off work, see you later!”
- “You’re going to be part robot after this surgery!”
- “Let’s hope for the best, and that we don’t need to get a better doctor after this one!”
- “Remember to get autographs from all the surgeons who will be operating on you.”
- “I’ll be waiting in the cafeteria with snacks, get well soon!”
- “It’s all going to be fine, just remember not to operate any heavy machinery when you come out!”
- “Take a few pics for me! I want to know what the inside of your body looks like.”
- “I’m thinking of you, but I’m still not going to dig into my pocket and buy you any gifts, it’ll take more than surgery.”
- “Try and find out if any hot surgeons are single for me please.”
Things to Keep in Mind When Wishing Someone Well Before Surgery
When you know a close friend or family member is going in for surgery, it can be hard to know what words of encouragement are best and going to make them feel better.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure you give your best wishes in person before they go into the operating theater.
- Try to make light of the situation with some humor if appropriate.
- Focus your conversation on positive things such as their recovery and how you’ll be there every step of the way.
- Tell them you’ll give them a hug when you see them, that’s something to look forward to.
- Let them know that you’re just a phone call away if they need anything.
- Remind them to listen to the doctor and take care of themselves during recovery.
- Encourage them to have faith in their medical team and in themselves.
- Avoid talking about the risk involved as it may cause anxiety.
Ultimately, being there for someone before surgery and sending them a message is the most important thing.
Show them you’re thinking of them and make sure they know you’ll be there for them, no matter what happens.
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.