CLINICAL HYPNOSIS AS AN ADJUNCT IN ANESTHESIA FOR A SURGICAL PROCEDURE
Received 2021-10-05; Accepted 2022-08-05; Published 2023-01-15
Keywords:Clinical Hypnosis, preoperative pain, preoperative anxiety
This is a report to share the experience of managing a patient planned for surgical wound procedure under anaesthesia with medical hypnosis as a tool for sedation and pain relief with a wrist block to supplement the analgesic effect. This was a patient who presented with severe preoperative anxiety and pain concerning her surgical procedure. She developed an allergy to some analgesia from her first surgical procedure. Adequate motivational interviewing techniques with the patient enabled issues about her anxiety to be explored and helped to ease the patient's anxiety. The surgical procedure was successfully done with hypnosis and regional anaesthesia. The patient's response towards pain and anxiety was documented based on Numerical Reporting Scale. The patient's wound care in the ward and clinic proved to be less painful and more comfortable for the patient with her self-hypnosis skill. Empowering the patient with medical hypnosis during the procedure is an option that should be explored.
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