Surgery can be an anticipated or an unwanted experience depending upon why surgery is scheduled. Anticipation creates at a minimum a low level of stress, even if you do not outwardly feel the effects. Sometimes it creates significant levels of stress and anxiety that affect the patient (and family or friends). Not only is this stress evident in the way the you feel (possibly out of control, fear of needles, etc), but also in the body’s regulatory systems (increasing pulse, blood pressure, appetite and hydration). Everyone’s stress response varies, and it is not dependent on the type of surgery or procedure being performed. This stress response can affect the way you react to anesthesia, amount of pain medication required and nausea/vomiting.
Why Hypnosis for Pre-Surgery Preparation?
At Genesis Center for Clinical Hypnosis, Penny uses her knowledge of anesthesia and the surgical process to provide added benefit to the use of guided imagery and/or hypnosis for pre-surgery preparation. Guided imagery and hypnosis prior to surgery have been shown repeatedly to decrease nausea, vomiting, and medication requirements after surgery. In fact, entire books have been written on the successful studies. Intra-operative suggestions have also shown to be beneficial, even in the absence of pre-surgery preparation. In fact, in 2002,a review article published in Anesthesia and Analgesia concluded that “surgical patients in hypnosis groups had better outcomes than 89% of patients in control groups regardless of the method of hypnosis.”* That’s a 9 out of 10 chance of doing better with hypnosis.
How do I Sign Up?
Pre-Surgery preparation is available 3 ways.
- Private individualized sessions with hypnosis and coaching in the use of hypnotic technique and guided visualization for comfort.
- Two hour group workshops held monthly at 232 Market Street, Flowood, MS
- Coming Soon: online ‘course’ with videos you can watch as many times as you like.
All options come with bonus mp3 downloads.