Hypnotherapy directory has previously presented the idea of the hypnotherapy technique being used as a modern alternative to anaesthetic for certain operations. The benefits far out way those of conventional pain relief as not only is it cheaper than conventional anaesthetic but it allows the patient to converse with the surgeon during the procedure, offers speedier recovery times for patients and has little to no side affects.
It would seem that hypnotist Alex Lenkei, 61, had the same idea as he turned down anaesthetic in favour of putting himself into a trance before undergoing a hand operation.
The hypnotherapist, who has been in the business for 16 years, said: “It took me 30 seconds to put myself under and I wasn’t aware of my body apart from my arm.
Surgeon David Llewellyn-Clark said Alex’s pulse and breathing remained constant throughout the 83-minute op at Worthing Hospital and that they had come to an agreement to immediately commence use of anaesthetic if Alex became
Nice have said that if the hypnotherapy technique could prove to be cost effective and consistent, they would welcome it as an approved therapeutic technique on the NHS.