Why on earth would he be crazy enough to do this?
Basically meaning that 1 person for every 100 who has an anaesthetic will experience some level of health complication.
While not everyone will experience, difficulties with their brain there are possible side effects both during (heart attack/stroke, restricted breathing, laryngospasm, pneumathorax) and afterwards (nausea, vomiting, dental damage, bruises, eye problems, nerve damage, nose bleeds, blood clots) which are also pretty hefty - and not something anyone would choose to go through!
Now, it wasn't these risks which put our brave 73 year old off.
In fact the reason he underwent brain surgery without anesthetic was because the type of surgery he was undergoing (resetting electrical impulses to stop a tremor) has less chance of being successful due to the sedative effects of the drugs (Lion, P., 2017).
But, that's only half the story...
While our brave 73 year old man underwent surgery without anaesthetic, it;s not like he just sauntered into the operating theatre, bit down on an old belt & off the surgeons went (although that's exactly what used to happen, back in the 'good ole days'...).
Instead, he underwent hypnosis.
While, hypnosis has got a bad rep over the past few years (thanks to all the chicken clucking shows), it's been around for hundreds of years.
In fact, back in 1784 mesmirism (what hypnosis was named before it became cool...) was deemed 'void of therapeutic benefit' by King Louis XVI investigative committee (which included none other than the ... President of the USA - Benjamin Franklin!).
Regardless of this, the use of mesmirism continued in the 19th Century and in 1850 James Esdaile stated he successfully used hypnosis (because he sneakily changed the name) to control patient pain levels during surgery in India and even brought the death rate down to 5% (it's 1.14% today so 5% back then is pretty darn good) (Perry, P. 2017).
Thanks to the continued 'besmerching' (isn't that word awesome?), over the past few years and the 'chicken clucking TV shows' hypnosis is again facing a bad rep in mainstream western medicine.
There is however a revolution currently underway and many non-traditional healthcare practices are gaining traction.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is starting to be used under the NHS, aromatherapy and essential oils are already authorised modalities for relieving pain and supporting emotional well-being and things like meditation, mindfulness and even exercise are starting to be prescribed across the country.
& in some circles it's believed that -
Hypnosis has the potential to be a better option than these anaesthesia-combinations because patients recover faster, need fewer painkillers, and retain more awareness (Sloat, S., 2015).
If, hypnosis is truly a better option over anaesthetics -
Are you brave enough to have surgery without?
& yes, of course hypnosis is an option.
Going cold turkey is just madness!
& it is my sincere hope, that in the future it will becomes a more viable option for all those who would prefer not to put their health at risk.
Thankfully for those struggling with mental health difficulties accessing hypnotherapy is much, much easier.
In fact self-help style hypnosis e.g., listening to recorded hypnosis MP3s has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms after only a few weeks and now:
"It has become a respectable treatment for some forms of mental illness, including anxiety and depression" (Hanlon, M., 2009)
If that wasn't some good mental health news then I don't know what is!
Have a wonderful day & catch you soon - Katie
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