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Hypnotherapy before or after Surgery

Surgical procedures whether minor or major and anaesthesia whether local or general can be a stress-producing event in anyone’s life and is very often accompanied by feelings of stress and anxiety. Fear of the surgery itself, fear of needles, injections or general anaesthetic are common, not to mention anxiety regarding the outcome after surgery, the potential psychological distress caused during recovery and indeed the ability to make full recovery. It’s been known for over a quarter of a century, that stress harms the immune system and the body’s ability to heal itself. Stress and anxiety before surgery have been linked to greater pain, increased need for painkillers, and longer hospital stays after surgery.


The effects of hypnosis on reducing pre-operative anxiety are well documented. But increasingly, studies also support a role for hypnosis in reducing pain during and after surgery and helping to encourage the body’s natural healing process.

Studies show that patients who underwent hypnotherapy before surgery; 

  • Recovered more rapidly

  • Felt physically and psychologically better postoperatively

  • Required a shorter stay in hospital postoperatively

  • Had less blood loss

  • Had less pain and anxiety

  • Required less pain medication

Read the article here

This programme is ideal for those who would like to be actively involved in their treatment and who would like to maximise and help speed their natural recovery process. Typically, 3-4 sessions before surgery are all that will be required. 

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