Hypnosis vs. Anesthesia

The Debate:

The Hypnosis versus Anesthesia is one of the major debates still in controversial medicine. Simply because each comes from different points of view; one is from a scientific, proven, and well-known background. Yet the other seems to come from the psychoanalytical, still in making, and fairly new perspective.The best way to seemingly choose a side is to understand or gain facts about including issues, facts, types, and also testimonials.

The Break Down:

Using hypnosis instead of anesthesia comes with a couple of noticeable benefits like reduced bleeding during surgery which is a huge deal no matter which perspective or view you're coming from. From patient's view, nobody wants to lose blood that could be avoided especially when all is said and done the patient would have a harder time post surgery due to regaining fluids and other nutrients lost through lose of blood. From doctor's view, the reduced bleeding is a positive because not only is the whatever is operated on is cleaner and clearer but also dont have to stop as much to suction which in turn also speeds up the operation. Also another common benefit is faster recovery, most likely due to not losing as much blood than would anesthesia, with also many reports of smoother recovery. Also contrary to many sci-fi beliefs and films hypnosis is not how its portrayed on television, the person is fully aware. The process is a rather simple one it is the use of talking to the patient with the use of relaxation which allows the hypnotist to talk the patient through the process as to what to ignore and instead replace the thoughts or feelings with a feel-good experience. During the trance, as some people put it, the person is basically awake throughout surgery which means they know what is going on and know where they are. This leads to the last benefit and probably most attractive approach to any surgery and that is hypnosis in turn reduces anxiety for the patient.bw_how_hypnosis_works_girl.jpg

Hypnosis Types:

Although it seems like hypnosis is just talking, its not just that cut and dry. There are different types of approaches to enter the relaxed state needed to be, such as Traditional which is for people who accept what is being told without questions and just go with the flow. Another form is Ericksonian which is the use of stories to bring up suggestions and ideas to the unconscious mind. The other way, or opposition you could say, is Nuero-Linguistic Programming (NLP)which is instead of using suggestions, the use of same thought patterns that are creating a problem,but instead used to eliminate problems. The last form is Subliminal which can be broken down in two parts, one part contains a cover sound that is heard by the conscious mind, could be anything from music to nature sounds. The other option contains direct suggestions that are heard by the unconscious mind.

hypnosis.gifHypnosis Facts

Even when hypnosis was used in the 1850's in many medical experiments it wasn't approved for use until 1955 by the British Medical Association and later by the American Medical Association in 1958. Another fact I would like to recap is that hypnosis does not involve mind control, magic, unconsciousness or sleep just simply relaxation and all the person's senses are awake and alert while in a hypnotic state. Simply put, someone cannot be made to enter hypnosis against their will and is in control at all times while in hypnosis which means they can return to full consciousness at anytime they either want to or feel the need to and also they only say and do what would be normally said and done in a fully conscious state during the situation or the story they being told. A more usual form of hypnosis is a natural experience that happens to most of us each day when we become absorbed in doing something like driving, working, reading or watching TV and that is because the subconscious mind makes up about 90% of the total mind power and contains a “mental movie” of everything that has happened in life so that is why almost anybody can go through it. As a person enters into hypnosis, they bypass the conscious mind and can then access information in the subconscious mind which is why it is used many times in therapy, often referred to as hypnotherapy, because the use of hypnosis gives the opportunity to make changes quickly and permanently which is why it is used to deal with tramatic memories or problems such as weight or any annoying habit. Hypnotherapy is the use of trance and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling and behavior also to help normal people cope with every-day problems of living, such as issues related to jobs, hobbies and recreational activities. Hypnotherapy can also help in general self-improvement such as non-clinical stress management, many work with physicians and other health care providers to help optimize the care patients receive. Hypnotherapeutic results are known to be restorative, rehabilitative, curative ,and seemingly, miraculous.


Here are some links to some people who've gone through surgery while in hypnosis
Shelley Thomas
Mother in need of a emergency D & C
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Part 4

Using anesthesia has many benefits such as calming the patient once under the anesthetic and knowing that once placed under not having to really worry about anything this else such as “ I’ll be knocked out anyways”. Another beneficial plus is decreases airway secretions and salivation which is one of the major attractions to health care providers or anyone in the medical field because without airway secretions there’s no need to worry about the patient chocking on their own saliva or other secretions or having to stop to have the secretions suctioned. Also stops many different reactants and or effects due to surgery that hypnosis cannot which differ from patient to patient.anesthesiology2.jpg


Types & Processes:

Many different anesthetics have many different results or effects that is why depending on the situation, or procedure, health care providers will use a number of anesthetics or maybe even use one to get the job done. One of the ways is Inhalation which is anesthetic gasses or vapors that are inhaled in combination with oxygen, like used by dentists before pulling a ingrown tooth or rootcanal. Another form is Injectable with anesthetic agents that are administered through IV, IM, SC, IP, and IT used in places such as ER. The Oral and rectal anesthetic agents are administered into the openings of the GI tract which is more invasive but more direct. Local and Conduction anesthetic agents are topically or locally injected into or around a surgical site or a large nerve trunk supplying a specific region which keep the patient awake but little anesthetic is needed to complete the procedure for that region. Electro narcosis is passing an electric current through the cerebrum to induce deep narcosis.


Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and care of the surgical patient pre, during and post surgery with an estimated 40 million anesthetics are administered each year in this country for all sorts of specifications. The role of the anesthesiologist in the operating room is to provide continual medical assessment of the patient, monitor and control the patient's vital life functions such as heart rate and rhythm, breathing, blood pressure, body temperature and body fluid balance, all while controling the patient's pain and level of unconsciousness to make a safe and successful surgery.There are three places where anesthesia is administered for surgery a hospital or medical center, an ambulatory surgical center, or a doctor's office. Anesthesiologists are responsible for monitoring anesthesia during surgery. After surgery, they maintain the patient in a comfortable state during throughout the recovery, and are involved in the provision of critical care medicine in the intensive care unit. Anesthesiologists' responsibilities to patients are preanesthetic evaluation and treatment, medical management of patients and their anesthetic procedures, post anesthetic evaluation and treatment, on-site medical direction of any non-physician who assists with anesthesia care to the patient. Although anesthesia has some side effects it has been reported complications from anesthesia have declined dramatically over the last 50 years. Since the 1970s, anesthesiologists practices have increased and at the same time patient outcomes have improved. While deaths attributed to anesthesia were approximately 1 in 1,500 some fifty years ago, today that number has improved nearly tenfold, that’s a dramatic increase in patient safety despite older and sicker patients being treated in operating rooms nationwide. Now, the chances of a healthy patient suffering a death attributable to anesthesia is less than 1 in 200,000.