Hypnotherapy for surgery and recovery
Many people ask me about hypnotherapy for surgery and recovery. As a Medical Hypnotherapist I help people with hypnosis to prepare for and recover from surgery and other medical procedures.
According to the Washington Post, “Psychiatrists and some anesthesiologists say it is not surprising that hypnotherapy has been shown to work with pain management. Pain perception, because it originates in the brain, can be different for every person, says David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. Hypnotherapy can actually alter how much pain a person feels, he says. Stanford offers patients classes in self-hypnosis to deal with a variety of medical issues, including pain, stress-related neurological problems, phobias, side effects from medical treatment, such as nausea and vomiting, and cancer.”
I love to teach people the self-hypnosis skills for pain management. Are you living in pain? If so, call or email me for a free hypnosis consultation and find out how hypnosis pain control can benefit you. We can meet online worldwide or at Palm Desert Hypnosis.
Hypnosis can make pain more manageable
Some hospitals try it
The Washington Post, by Debra Bruno, November 9, 2019: “Hypnotherapy — also called clinical hypnosis or hypnosurgery — has been used in Europe for minimally invasive procedures, such as hernia repair, lumpectomies, biopsies and some mastectomies in breast cancers for several decades. But in the United States, hospitals and doctors have shied away from the therapy.
Girish Joshi, an anesthesiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who has studied, with European colleagues, using virtual reality in hypnosis, says that, in contrast to a quick injection, hypnosis takes time to implement, the response rate can be slower and the U.S. payment system is not geared to alternative medicine.
Now, however, some U.S. hospitals are offering hypnosis to patients to lessen preoperative anxiety, to manage postoperative pain and even to substitute for general anesthesia for partial mastectomies in breast cancer. (Hypnosis has been used for years to help people quit smoking, lose weight, get to sleep and control stress.)
Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center, for instance, started using hypnotherapy about two years ago for segmental (partial) mastectomies and sentinel node biopsies, in which doctors identify and remove a lymph node in the underarm area as well as cancerous tumors in the breast, says staff anesthesiologist Elizabeth Rebello, who is also an associate professor in anesthesiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.”
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