How Guided Imagery Impacted Three Anxious Pre-Op Patients
One of the most frequent reasons people start using our guided imagery is because they’re facing an upcoming surgery and they’re feeling anxious. Actually, scratch “anxious”; they’re feeling a terrified combination of fear, loathing and dread.
Here are three typical stories, all of them found among the 37 reviews currently posted on our site. It’s pretty much the same story, give or take. Each of them supports the finding from research at Blue Shield of California and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, that the more anxious the pre-op patient, the more dramatically better they feel with guided imagery. Go figure.
I found this audio [Successful Surgery] a week before my breast reduction operation. It helped massively with my anxiety before the operation, and I'm sure it's helped me physically as well - I did indeed have the 'minimal discomfort' the meditation suggests - between 2 and 0 on the 1-10 scale.
The nurses were constantly surprised by my lack of pain, and when I told one of them about this audio, she said 'I knew there was something'. When I asked the surgeon how the op had gone, he said 'swimmingly'!
I'm listening to the post-surgery audio twice a day, currently a week after surgery. Sometimes it feels like a chore, but is always delightful once I actually start listening.
I'm now looking forward to working my way through the other products from Health Journeys - pretty awesome to find a way to bypass my conscious mind and get straight to the heart of change!
And here’s Judith Fazio’s experience:
This [Successful Surgery] guided imagery was recommended on Dr. Andrew Weil's site, and I am so grateful that I was able to download and use it prior to my cervical fusion.
Facing this surgery, I was filled with fear and anxiety. The guided imagery enabled me to be completely relaxed, right up to entering the operating room.
In addition, I learned from my surgeon that I did not bleed much when the incision was made - thus, avoiding much cauterizing and numbness afterwards.
And Pam Kress-Dunn weighs in similarly:
This [Successful Surgery] meditation helped enormously when I was facing surgery. I had never had major surgery before, and intended to "die with all my parts," but it had to be done.
On my first listen, I felt first a rush of stress (as in "OMG, I really am going to be wheeled into the OR!") but that was exactly what I needed to help me work through my anxiety.
Each additional time, I felt more in control and at peace, as well as more relaxed about the skill and compassion of the healthcare providers who would be there with me.
I highly recommend this to anyone facing surgery.
So you get the picture. Guided imagery really helps with pre-surgical anxiety and produces other pretty nifty outcomes, such as reduced blood loss, less pain, lower intake of opioids and shorter hospital stays.
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