Hypnosis used to block pain in 150 cancer surgeries at a French hospital
I was very interested to read that doctors at the Institut Curie in Paris have recognised the powerful affect of hypnosis to help patients withstand the pain of surgery rather than having a general anaesthetic.
The results of an evaluation between 2011 and 2017 of 150 cancer patients that underwent surgery and underwent hypnosis was presented by a team of researches at the 2018 Euroanaethesia conference. It was reported that hypnosis to control the pain of surgery worked absolutely fine in 99% of cases. A large proportion of the operations were for breast cancer (many were mastectomies) and the average procedure lasted about 60 minutes.
The doctors used a technique called “hypnosedation” that combines hypnosis with drugs to help sedate the patient and keep them relaxed and conscious, coupled with a local anesthesia to prevent local pain. This showed the power of hypnosis and when coupled with pain management drugs can dispense with the need of a general anaesthetic, which can have unpleasant side effects.
The high success rate of hypnosedation in clinical studies suggests maintaining consciousness under hypnosis is a viable alternative to general anesthesia for most people. An added benefit is that patients who used hypnosedation have a quicker recovery time compared to those that underwent general anesthesia. This could be particularly important for those suffering severe cardiac or respiratory problems or indeed elderly patients unable to cope with the side effects of general anesthesia.