Archive for Preparation for Surgical, Medical, Dental Procedures


Recently my brother had to have extensive abdominal surgery. Three years ago he had an acute and critical episode of pancreatitis, at times life threatening. The surgery he had was to remove organs damaged at that time which continued to cause him severe pain, were only partially working and were continuing to cause severe inflammation in his abdomen. He was told to expect a long surgery, (7-8 hours) in which they would remove his gallbladder, spleen, part of his bowel and part of his pancreas. He was told he would be at least a week in the hospital without complications and would need several weeks recovering. I made him a hypnosis CD to prepare him for this surgery which included pre-surgery, surgery and recovery suggestions. He listened to the CD  a week before his surgery. His four doctors are  amazed at how well he did. He had very little bleeding during the surgery even with all the inflammation. He was discharged on the fifth day after surgery with just oral pain medication. Every system was working perfectly upon discharge. A week after his surgery he had taken a half mile walk with his dog. In less than a week and a half he had started driving again and running errands. Two and a half weeks after the surgery he was working part time again.  I have helped clients prepare for surgery for many years and in every case they did much better than anticipated by their doctors, they experienced less complications and their recovery was shorter. My brother’s experience is a prime example of  the power of hypnosis when used in conjunction with medical procedures.

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Many of us had dental visits as children that left us with traumas and fear of the dentist office. In many cases this was a time before “modern dentistry” began. Because of this many adults do not go to the dentist as often as they need to or ever in many cases. The very last place they will choose to go to is the dentist. Many of us go along  just fine, and then in one visit we may develop an irrational fear of the dentist and never want to go back. We can develop phobias and fears anytime in our life. I have had clients that had to be given major drugs just for teeth cleaning. Some clients are so afraid that they become overcome with anxiety just thinking about making the appointment! I have had many clients that had terrible dental experiences, some just freaked out in the chair with no reason, or couldn’t have the dentist work in their mouth under any circumstances. Many of these people will do extremely well after hypnosis. In many cases the dentist can’t believe it is the same patient he has dealt with before. Many clients listen to a customized CD I make for them during the whole dental visit and remain calm and relaxed. Hypnosis allows the vital signs to remain normal, and the tongue and throat are relaxed as well, and clients can swallow easily.  Many people fear that they can’t swallow during the dental work and this becomes a big problem for them, and hypnosis can help. So if you have been putting off dental visits due to old fears from the past (especially you baby boomers) try hypnosis and give yourself a happy smile.

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A client of mine was facing open heart surgery and was extremely apprehensive due to her medical problems.  She had previously experienced a heart attack and angiogram and was scheduled for  major surgery.  She had type 1 diabetes for years, compromised kidneys, and lung disease due to a previous history of smoking for many years.  She didn’t even think she would make it through the surgery, and the doctors also had many doubts.  I saw her prior to her surgery and made a tape for her.  I also saw her in the hospital the day before surgery with even more hypnotherapy.  This client experienced a successful and involved open heart surgery.   She came out of anesthesia in a much shorter period of time than most.  She had minimal discomfort after the surgery.   I saw her in  the I.C.U. the day after and gave her even more hypnotherapy including suggestions for normal sinus rhythm of the heart, increased kidney function, normal blood and urine chemistrys, and generalized post-operative healing.   Her doctors were amazed at her recovery, especially due to all her preexisting conditions. She left the hospital sooner than most patients and experienced a positive recovery.  This is just one example of the power of hypnosis in surgery situations.


Hypnosis is an effective and pleasant way to reduce the anxieties and fears that can affect you prior to medical, dental, and surgical procedures.  Hypnosis has many benefits to lessen stress prior to the procedure, during the procedure, and speed up recovery time.  Most of us become stressed just thinking about going to the doctor even for a routine physical.  Our pulse rate goes up, blood pressure goes up, and we start breathing quicker, just by thinking about the exam.  Then when we are in the office, all of these may even increase especially our blood pressure, also known as the white coat syndrome.  All of our bodily functions are affected by our thoughts.  Stress and anxiety can change these functions, even putting our immune system to sleep.  When this occurs our body is no longer functioning at optimum levels to promote healing, to keep our vital signs normal, or to fight infection.

When hypnosis is used prior to surgery, dental or other procedures, clients enter into the procedure calm, relaxed, and comfortable.  You see, what is in the mind is in the body.  By changing  the way we think about a procedure, we also change our physical and emotional responses to that event.  Hypnosis decreases the amount of general and local anesthesia required, decreases bleeding, swelling, and pain after surgery.  It decreases  the frequency of nausea, and speeds up recovery.  It keep all vital signs in a much more normal pattern throughout the entire experience.  These remarkable benefits of hypnosis are instrumental in giving people the best opportunity for a positive surgical and recovery experience.  Hypnotherapy prior to surgery makes every-one’s  job easier and you the patient benefits the most.

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Previously I talked about hypnosis being a normal and natural part of your mind and that you go into unintentional hypnosis hundreds of times a day.  You can also go into hypnosis due to fear, stress, anxiety, even extreme happiness.  Any strong emotion can put you into hypnosis.  Stress can account for a high percentage of unintentional hypnosis.  The greater the stress, the deeper the hypnosis.  This can also be viewed as the flight or fight mode.  When you are in this place of fear, anxiety, high stress, you have lost the ability to think clearly and logically. You see, the conscious mind isn’t able to cope with what is happening, and opts out.  The subconscious mind then becomes the dominant mind.  At this point you have lost the ability to take charge of the situation around you and make logical decisions.  You are unable to stand your ground and take care of yourself both physically and emotionally.  This is known as the flight mode.  Some people are frequently in this type of unintentional hypnosis due to previous traumas, job stress, present situational conditions, and accumulated stresses over time.  It’s not so much the event itself, it is how you perceive it and react to it that causes you to be unhappy, unhealthy and anxious.  Each of you will react differently to any situation based on heredity and environment.  How often does stress, fear or anxiety affect your life each day?

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