Most of the time, when you are going to need surgery, you know that well in advance.
That gives you plenty of time, more than you probably want, to worry about it. It also, however, gives you ample time to prepare for the scary day.
One of the best ways to prepare is to make an appointment with a competent clinical hypnotist, who will be able to help in in three distinct areas.
First, there is hypnotic anaesthesia. There was a time when anesthesia basically amounted to slugging back a bottle of whiskey, which worked about as well as you might think it would—not very well at all. Nowadays, chemical anesthesia is the norm, but there are some people who can’t handle it. That is rare, but when it happens, hypnosis can offer an alternative. It has actually been used for a long time. In the nineteenth century, before modern anaesthesia came along, the surgical mortality rate was much lower for the lucky patients who had surgeons adept at hypnosis.
When you are facing surgery, another common issue is anxiety. There is, after all, no such thing as “minor surgery,” and it is hard not to be anxious about the coming procedure. The thought of lying on a table, unconscious, at the mercy of a stranger with a knife, isn’t thrilling. Neither is wondering how long it will take to recover, and how well you will do down the road. Those worries can make everything harder, even getting up in the morning. Hypnosis helps here, too. When you are in a trance, you cannot feel tense, or anxious. A trained hypnotist will also arm you with powerful post-hypnotic suggestions for positive thought, and probably also give you some training in self-hypnosis, so that the sense of calm and optimism will stay with you.
Last, and best, your hypnotist can help you learn to develop a self-hypnotic trance state that you can take with you, right into the surgery. You can record it, and listen to it while you are being prepped. Some surgeons will even let you listen to it while you are on the table. Either way, the research clearly shows that when you are in a hypnotic trance during surgery you have fewer complications, less post-surgical pain, and a faster recovery.