Hypnotherapy benefits in pre-op & post-op patients

In the world of medicine, we’re discovering some new ways to make surgery less stressful and recovery smoother. One exciting approach is hypnotherapy – a mind trick that can really make a difference for people gearing up for surgery and those in the healing phase afterwards.

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What's hypnotherapy?

Imagine a mental spa day – that’s kind of what hypnotherapy is! It’s a special technique using calming words and pictures to put your mind in a super-relaxed state. And here’s the best part – it’s fantastic for tackling pain, anxiety, and fear, which are pretty big deals before and after surgery.

Let’s clear some myths:

First things first, no one’s controlling your mind with hypnotherapy. You’re not going to sleep, and you definitely won’t do anything you don’t want to do. It’s more like being in a super-relaxed daydream where you’re totally in charge.

The science behind the magic:

Okay, let’s get a bit nerdy, but it’s important. Science shows that hypnotherapy can actually change how your brain deals with pain, stress, and your immune system. So, it’s not just some strange magic – there’s real science behind why hypnotherapy can be a game-changer for surgery.


Benefits of hypnotherapy in surgery:

Hypnotherapy brings a bunch of new perks to the table when it comes to getting ready for and bouncing back from surgery. It’s not just about feeling good mentally, but it’s like a triple threat – boosting your mind, emotions, and even your body. As we dive into the world of blending traditional and alternative approaches, hypnotherapy shines a spotlight on the pathway to make the whole surgery journey easier and less frightening.

Getting ready for surgery – Hypnotherapy style

1. Bye-bye, anxiety:

Have you ever experienced that pre-surgery jitters? Imagine this: Hypnotherapy swoops in like a tranquilliser for your nerves, offering a soothing balm of calmness. It not only helps you kick back and relax but also works its magic to dial down stress levels, creating a serene atmosphere akin to a mental spa day right before the big event.

2. Taming the pain beast:

Pain and your mind have this interesting dance – hypnotherapy lets you lead. By tricking your mind a bit, you can turn down the volume on pain. Less pain usually means fewer pain meds – and that’s a win!

3. Sweet dreams ahead:

Before surgery, sleep can sometimes play hard to get. But guess what? Hypnotherapy might just be the sleep fairy you’ve been waiting for! It’s like a lullaby for your mind, making sure you get those ZZZs for a smoother recovery and an all-around feel-good vibe.

3. Superpowers for your mind:

Hypnotherapy gives you mental tools to tackle fear and uncertainty about surgery. Bonus: a good night’s sleep, a rare treat when you’re about to face surgery.

4. Think positive:

Hypnotherapy is like the superhero of surgery prep and recovery, bringing a bunch of fantastic benefits to the mix. It’s not just a mental boost – it’s a triple treat, uplifting your mind, emotions, and even your body. As we venture into the realm of combining traditional and alternative methods, hypnotherapy emerges as the shining star, adding an extra relaxation factor to the entire surgical experience.

5. Talking like a pro with your healthcare team:

Improved communication skills and a boost of confidence? That’s another gift from hypnotherapy. It’s like giving your voice a megaphone, making sure you’re heard and understood during the whole surgical process.


Bouncing back after surgery – Thanks to hypnotherapy

1. Turbo-boosting healing:

After surgery, it’s all about healing, and hypnotherapy acts like a turbo boost. By tapping into your mind’s healing powers, it nudges your body into overdrive for a quicker recovery.

2. Making pain take a backseat:

Pain and discomfort after surgery? Not if hypnotherapy has a say. By making your mind super-relaxed, it convinces your brain to process pain differently – that’s a game-changer.

3. Stress-busting for a happier recovery:

Stress after surgery is like a villain in the recovery story. Hypnotherapy steps in, reducing stress levels and setting the scene for a happier, healthier recovery.

4. Dodging unwanted side effects:

Nausea and vomiting, common with anesthesia? Not so much for those who have seen a hypnotherapist. It’s like a shield against those icky side effects.

5. Sweet dreams for a swift recovery:

Quality sleep is the golden ticket to recovery, and hypnotherapy might just be your sleep wizard. Relaxation, improved sleep quality, and a more restful recovery? Yes, please!

6. Less meds, more natural healing:

Hypnotherapy’s magic touch extends to medication. Some folks find they need fewer pills after a hypnotherapy session, reducing the risk of medication-related side effects.

7. Steering clear of complications:

Anxiety and stress can be party crashers in the post-surgery phase. Hypnotherapy, with its stress-busting powers, plays bodyguard, reducing the risk of complications like infections and slow healing.

8. Trauma-proof recovery:

Surgery trauma? It happens. But hypnotherapy offers a way to process and integrate these experiences, reducing the chances of long-term psychological scars like PTSD.

9. Boosting your immune system

Hypnotherapy is like a superhero serum for your immune system. Less stress means a happier immune system, keeping infections at bay during the recovery dance.

10. A smile on the inside:

Last but not least, hypnotherapy adds a sprinkle of positivity. Feeling down or helpless after surgery? Not on hypnotherapy’s watch. It’s like a mood-lifting friend cheering you on.

11. Post-surgery lifestyle upgrade:

Ever thought about adopting healthier habits after surgery? Hypnotherapy nudges you in the right direction – think dietary changes, exercise, and stress management.


Hold up, though. While hypnotherapy is like the icing on the cake, it shouldn’t replace the whole cake. It’s a great sidekick to traditional medicine, not a substitute. Always chat with your healthcare team before giving hypnotherapy a go.

Working in theatres for twenty years and knowing first-hand how people cope with anxiety and fear as well as phobias. All of this can have an impact on mental health.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Claire Edwards, (Dip.Hyp.HWHP, GHR, CNHC) Clinical Hypnotherapist
Bristol BS9 & London W1G

Claire Edwards
Dip Hyp HWHP (GQHP)
Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Claire runs a busy Hypnotherapy practice in Bristol and online.

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