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Surgical Hypnosis for Surgery and Nerve Pain
Scott M. Fried, DO, FAOAO
The Upper Extremity Institute, Blue Bell, PA

Hypnosis is effective in positively influencing the outcome of surgery on both a physical and metaphysical basis. Specifically, Medical Self-Hypnosis is an established treatment modality which is effective in decreasing the need for anesthesia and post procedure pain medication as well as improving recovery time in patients who undergo surgery and invasive procedures (Lang, Esdaile). Its effectiveness for the treatment of pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative and pain and sleep dysfunction is well established.

This talk addresses its specific effectiveness in helping patients more easily and successfully navigate the surgical arena, allowing a more comfortable experience for patient and surgical staff. A precise description is given of how hypnosis can be incorporated easily and effectively with standard medical treatment to aid in decreased need for anesthesia, lessening the need for post operative pain medication and improvement in healing and sleep, post operatively.

This talk describes in detail how hypnosis works in the surgical arena. Though we surgeons may mechanically do a surgery correctly, patient attitude, anxiety and ability to simply relax directly influence the outcome of the procedure. Patient participation and empowerment through hypnosis allows actual physiologic changes including lessened sympathetic response to painful stimuli, better muscle relaxation, heightened immune system function and more predictable physiologic response to the given medications and surgery. This talk is designed to explain how all patients can benefit from the use of hypnosis when facing surgery and how this can be applied immediately to clinical practice.

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