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Pensioner Has Knee Surgery Under Hypnosis


July 8, 2008

By Kate Devlin,Medical Correspondent

Bernadine Coady, 67, was wide awake for the one-hour operation, which is usually performed under a general anaesthetic.

Mrs Coady hypnotised herself before the “keyhole” surgery, an arthroscopy, in which a surgeon drills into a patients knee and inserts a camera to look for possible causes of pain.

She went home the same day “looking very happy”, according to a spokesman for the private Orthopaedics and Spine Specialist Hospital, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Ms Coady, from March, Cambridgeshire, has been a trained hypnotist for 15 years.

She used her training to hypnotise herself before going under the surgeon’s knife.

It is not the first time that the pensioner has forgone traditional medicine for a pain free operation.

Ten years ago she underwent an operation which involved a surgeon sawing into the bone of her foot, using only hypnosis.

At the time she said: “I said to myself that if I had any pain I was going to liken it to waves lashing against a sea wall.

“Every time it happened, I thought it was the pain going away, like the tide.

“I always thought that it was possible and I am proof that it is.

“I think it could be used for any operation – even heart surgery. If I ever need another operation, I won’t be using anaesthetics.” Mrs Coady, originally from Belize, moved to Britain to train as a nurse more than 40 years ago.

She gained a diploma at the British School of Hypnosis in 1994.

A spokesman for the hospital, where her surgeon was Ahmed Shair, said: “It’s the third time she has been operated on by Mr Shair in this way – the first two were for foot problems.

“She has known Mr Shair for a long time and she came with the express wishthat she wanted to be operated using self hypnosis.

“She has gone home looking very happy so I presume it was a success.”

The spokeswoman added: “Ms Coady is the only patient we’ve operated on in this way.

“If anyone else wanted to come along and have the procedure we would look at it on an individual basis.”

Patients can hypnotise themselves by concentrating on feeling extremely relaxed, in much the same way as traditional hypnotherapy. A spokesman for the National Council for Hypnotherapy said that the technique has been used for centuries for pain relief.

He added: “It is used often other countries, for example Belgium, as an alternative to anaesthetics and patients report that it is very successful, that they feel no pain during their operations.”

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Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Help With Alcoholism And Drug Addiction

Any addictive or habitual problem can be treated effectively and permanently with hypnosis—even a chemical dependence.

Physical addiction is a part of it… but it’s only a part of the problem. If it was the primary cause of an addiction then gradually stepping down the dosage would work to end an addiction – but it doesn’t.

Conventional counseling based on 12-step programs help somewhat, but according to most statistics – most fail 88% of the time.

The same goes for in-patient programs. Addicted patients get through withdrawal – but once they get back into the “real world” the same habits resurface. That’s why people waste tens of thousands of dollars repeating inpatient programs again and again.

Hypnosis by contrast is safe, reliable and quick.

Most people succeed with hypnosis. Whereas most people fail with anything else. The reason is this: People become addicted to substances for a reason. They serve a purpose. People use drugs to relax, or to escape from an unpleasant reality, or to relieve pain, or to energize themselves, or to bond with friends, to assert their individuality or to give themselves a little treat at the end of the day.

The purpose that underlies an addiction is not bad. Everyone needs to relax once in a while. Everyone needs a treat sometimes. People need to feel independent and they also need to feel a part of a group. People need to escape sometimes.

These needs are natural, normal and healthy. You are not broken. It’s just that your way of taking care of those needs aren’t healthy.

Clinical Hypnotists help you reprogram your subconscious mind, which is the seat of your behaviors, including habits and addictions. By understanding the underlying reasons why you personally have been doing what you do – we are able to substitute new, healthier ways to relax,
unwind, escape or whatever it is you need to change.

When you subconsciously accept that you can take care of the underlying need with something else, then there is no need for alcohol or other drugs. The urge either goes away, lessens or is replaced with an urge for the healthier substitute.

And because you are giving yourself what you really need – the change is permanent! We have had tremendous success with people who were addicted to alcohol, cocaine and other drugs. And, just like cigarettes most were able to kick it quickly and with little or no withdrawal symptoms.

Research Proving Hypnosis Works for Addictions

Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free
Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free. A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1984; 26(4):273-9.

Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction
Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction. Intensive
Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004 by Potter, Greg.

Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger
In a research study on Self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis “at least 3 to 5
times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups. American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association)
2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)

Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study
Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available. The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW. Ohio State University, Lima 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

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