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Hypnotized patients undergo brain surgery

By T.K. Randall
January 1, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments



Would you undergo brain surgery while in a hypnotic trance ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Allan Ajifo
Hypnosis has been found to be a viable alternative to anesthesia for patients undergoing brain surgery.
Having someone perform a surgical procedure on your brain while you are still awake might sound like a horrific ordeal at the best of times, but now doctors in France have been trialing a new technique which involves hypnotizing the patient instead of administering an anesthetic.

Known as hypnosedation, the method has proven surprisingly effective at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Tours where Dr. Ilyess Zemmoura and colleagues have been using it to keep patients conscious but relaxed during complex surgical procedures.
The process is discussed with each patient beforehand and when the surgery begins the hypnotic experience is progressively enhanced with instructions and reassurances provided throughout.

In total 37 patients underwent surgery using this technique and only six had to revert back to standard anesthesia. Those who completed the procedure under hypnosis also reported no negative psychological impact and only two were unsure about using it again in the future.

While this unique method does not necessarily offer any major advantages over conventional sedation techniques it does offer an intriguing alternative that could prove particularly helpful to patients with conditions where anesthetics are ill-advised or ineffective.

Source: Eurekalert.org | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
I could be wrong here, but, I thought that many neurosurgical procedures on a human brain are done "while they are awake" so as to enlist "real-time" feedback. Some exceptions for this, of course.
Comment icon #2 Posted by ROGER 7 years ago
And there are many people who refuse to allow to be hypnotized .
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
And there are many people who refuse to allow to be hypnotized . The presumption with this is that the patient allows clinical hypnosis, I would think? (I don't know)
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 7 years ago
And there are many people who refuse to allow to be hypnotized . That would be me I think. I don't have much faith in that method and would prefer an anesthetic.
Comment icon #5 Posted by The Id3al Experience 7 years ago
I am a hypnotist, and the human brain and the abilities it has never ceases to amaze me!
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Id3al Experience 7 years ago
I could be wrong here, but, I thought that many neurosurgical procedures on a human brain are done "while they are awake" so as to enlist "real-time" feedback. Some exceptions for this, of course. Correct, however the patient is supplied drugs (numbing agents) whereas Hypnosis is natural. Hypnotic Anesthesia is fairly easy to acheive. however to achieve this for a surgical operation is a different kettle of fish.
Comment icon #7 Posted by The Id3al Experience 7 years ago
And there are many people who refuse to allow to be hypnotized . Correct, back in the days it was thought that about only 50% of people could be hypnotised. It is now known that 100% can, as it is a normal daily process we go through. Its only that when resistance happens then the natural occuring state is blocked by the consious mind And hypnosis works on a subconsious level.


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