Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
PADUA

Hypnosis used in groundbreaking op in Padua

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(By Elisa Cecchi).
Padua, August 21 - A woman in Padua had surgery to
remove a skin tumor by hypnosis instead of anesthesia in a
groundbreaking anesthesiological method which updates 19th
century techniques used for minor pathologies, a medical journal
said Wednesday.
The finding will reportedly enable other tumor patients who
have had allergic reactions to anesthetic agents or are
considered at risk of an anaphylactic shock to go under the
knife by hypnosis
The patient in Padua is reportedly allergic to a number of
chemicals and had a previous anaphylactic shock under local
anesthesia.
Her case is described by Enrico Facco, an anesthesiologist
and professor at the neuroscience department of the University
of Padua, in the September issue of medical journal Anaesthesia.
"The patient, a 42-year-old woman, had several allergies to
chemical substances and previous anaphylactic reactions to local
anesthesia," Facco said.
"She had a skin tumor removed from her right thigh with
hypnosis alone as a form of anesthesia.
"The hypnosis was induced by making her close her eyes
while at the same time giving verbal suggestions to achieve a
relaxed state and sense of well being", the anesthesiologist
said. The hypnosis was continued by "immersing the patient in
the image of a pleasant landscape, a tropical beach, and by
creating an hypnotic analgesia focused on the location where
surgery was taking place according to hypnosis protocols already
used for orthodontic sedation".
The operation reportedly lasted 20 minutes during which the
patient's blood pressure and heart rate remained stable. She did
not feel any pain as the tumor was removed with an incision of
6x3 cm, Facco said.
After being replaced by pharmacological anesthesia,
hypnosis could now be used again in specific cases to control
anxiety and raise the threshold of pain, the doctor noted,
adding that hypnosis can be used alone or together with
medication for a more effective treatment.
"This case confirms that hypnosis is effective as the only
anesthetic method in selected cases by preserving the patient
from pain and surgical stress on the same level as commonly used
anesthetics", said Facco, citing James Esdaile's 1846 work
'Mesmerism in India and its practical applications in surgery
and medicine' which described over 300 cases of patients who had
surgery by hypnosis.

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