This week I had my left eye’s cataract removed and a lens best for distance vision implanted by Alan Dixon, MD at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC. Â He prepared me well, including a video of the procedure which I watched in trance, and was comfortable with my using self-hypnosis instead of the usual sedation meds. Â Folks at the hospital were a little surprised and startled as I went along Â the prep path to the operating room. Â In my one day follow-up visit I had none of the minor discomforts folks often have, and Dr Dixon said I did about like most of those who used the meds. Â I did learn to expect pressure in the area toward the end of the procedure, so I expect to do even better for the other eye in January.
I used self-hypnosis for the same reasons I’ve used it for colonoscopies: not to lose the day to sedation, to show myself and others, medical and non-medical, the kind of self-regulation people can manage through hypnosis, and as a teaching/demonstration tool for anyone interested. Â Folks who want to learn these skills usually feel proud and empowered at making manageable the anxieties and tension normally encountered in these out-patient procedures, and to prepare psychologically for any kind of surgery.
The research literature shows clearly that healing after surgery is often easier and quicker with hypnotic Â preparation. Â I’ve particularly enjoyed helping many expectant mothers use hypnosis to make normal labor and delivery much more comfortable, without subjecting mother or baby to the effects of sedation and anesthesia.