Are you someone who has problems with chemical anaesthetics?
Have you had memory loss after surgery?
Do you have psychotic reactions to chemical anaesthetics?
Do you experience the physical side effects and complications of chemical anaesthetics?
Did you know that hypnosis can be used to induce an anaesthetic effect during surgery?
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Medical hypnosis-induced anaesthesia has been recorded in modern times since the late 1800s when the famous surgeon James Esdaile in India recorded hundreds of operations performed in induced trance-like states. Dr John Elliotson also explored hypnosis for surgical pain relief during surgery in Edinburgh.
As surgical techniques progressed, so did the use of hypnosis for anaesthesia until a chemical general anaesthetic became the common procedure.
You may be someone who has adverse reactions to chemical anaesthetics.
The suppression of breathing, even when on a ventilator during surgery, is reported to produce incidents of respiratory complications post-surgery that can lead to morbidity and mortality. In some cases it can lead to cardiac arrest.
Complications during epidurals can lead to spinal medical accidents that produce life-long paraplegia. You always sign a waiver before surgery but few surgeons go through the form with you to fully explain the risk of chemical anaesthetics.
Medical hypnosis is a particular branch of hypnosis that takes in hormonal production, gastrointestinal modulation, immune function, control of blood pressure, heart rate and breathing, pain control, anaesthesia and alteration of neurological function. Do not expect your doctor or surgeon to have any experience or knowledge of this field. I am happy to co-ordinate with your clinician to educate them and work with them during procedures.
Hypno-anaesthesia and pain relief is often used in minor procedures and dental practice but has also been used in major surgery when chemical anaesthetic is contraindicated, including abdominal, limb and heart surgery. Even if we do not use complete hypno-anaesthesia, the use of hypnosis can dramatically reduce the need for chemical anaesthetic.
I have performed dental anaesthesia, and experienced it myself, and provided hypno-anaesthesia services for clinicians during surgical procedures, which I have also experienced myself.
There are two choices:
- You can be hypnotically trained to induce the anaesthesia yourself in my clinic. This will also include post-surgical healing hypnosis.
- We can do some initial in-clinic trainings and then I will attend the procedure and work with you. For more major surgeries we have a chemical anaesthesiologist on stand-by if needed. I will also attend to your post-surgical hypnosis.
The good news is that research indicates that post-surgical healing and discharge from hospital is faster after hypno-anaesthesia. The body’s recovery systems and wound healing seem to kick in more naturally.