Recently I needed to have a small cyst removed from the lower lid of my right eye. It seemed like no big deal — the surgery would be done by an ophthalmic plastic surgeon as an outpatient procedure, under local anesthetic. But even for this minor surgery, at my initial appointment, the doctor spoke of possible bruising and swelling afterwards, and he said he would prescribe painkillers to reduce my discomfort.
I hoped I could avoid all that, or most of it — I didn’t want a black eye and I certainly didn’t want to be in pain or have to take drugs to control it. So I wrote myself a few lines, to the effect that...
- I was part of a highly competent team that would carry out this procedure quickly and easily.
- My skin would be easy to cut without pulling or stress.
- I would experience no unnecessary bleeding, swelling, or bruising.
- My healing would be easy and rapid.
Several times before the surgery, I took myself into hypnosis and read my little script to myself.
To my delight, everything came out exactly as scripted: the cutting was easy and quick, I had very little bleeding, and afterwards, almost no swelling or bruising. And no pain — I never took a single pill!
Since that time I have worked with a number of clients who were about to have surgery, and each had an excellent outcome.
I will work with you so that you will remain calm and confident before and during your surgery (or dental work) and to prepare your mind and body to do their part in making the process easy and distress-free. And most important, to minimize after-effects, including pain, swelling, bleeding, and bruising, and promote and easy and rapid healing and recovery. You have the power within you, and I have the training and skill to help you make this a reality.
Studies show that hypnosis is very effective in preparing patients for surgery and helping them heal afterwards. For articles about the effectiveness of pre- and post-surgical hypnosis, go to Google Scholar and search “pre-surgery hypnosis.”