Hypnosis can be useful before, during and after surgery. Hypnotherapy used before and after an operation has been found to calm people, cause them to need less anesthesia and make them more comfortable afterward. Because of this, it can shorten the length of the hospital stay — something that makes patients AND insurance companies pretty happy.
Hypnosis can be used instead of anesthesia during an operation. That use is usually reserved these days for people who are allergic to the common anesthetic drugs. A BBC4 2-hour special in 2007 renewed interest in hypnoanesthesia when it broadcast, live, a hernia operation done with only hypnosis as pain control.
HYPNOSURGERY LIVE: BBC Documentary
There’s lots of research about the benefits of hypnotherapy in medical settings. Future blogposts will talk about the many reasons hypnosis is becoming more accepted, from its simple effectiveness and lack of side-effects to the increase in brain research that is helping us understand why hypnosis works.
In the meantime, here’s a link to an ABC news story about using hypnosis for symptom management in cancer: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video?id=3612697.