Here’s links to the recent Raleigh N&O newspaper feature article, and to my wife Peggy Payne’s Facebook post about my use of hypnosis around my knee replacement in June. Â The article merged my 2 nerve blocks into one: the nerve block during the operation actually prevented pain, and the other nerve block went home with me and reduced pain for 2 days. Â There was still plenty of discomfort for me to deal with at home, so in addition to usingÂ self-hypnosis instead of chemical sedation, it was also Very helpful with managing my pre-op anxiety, for comfort management post op, and for relatively rapid rehab progress through Physical Therapy.
I was out of the hospital the day after the operation, and driving and seeing clients the third week post op. Â All the helpers at the main Duke hospital, and my Physical TherapistÂ Chris FianderÂ at Duke Orthopedics on Paige Road were highly competent and quite supportive. Â My surgeon Sam Wellman, MD is a very nice man and was quite flexible and accepting of my use of hypnosis rather than the usual chemical sedation. Â I highly recommend him and the entire team at Duke for this kind of surgery.