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Guided Imagery Makes The Difference for Hip Replacement Surgery

15 Mar

We got this wonderful note from a man who recently underwent hip replacement surgery.  We appreciate his giving all the credit to our imagery, but we have a sneaking suspicion that having a great surgical team, terrific attitude and a strong body also had something to do with the successful outcome!

Dear Belleruth,

I just underwent a complete right hip replacement last Tuesday, March 2.  I was released from the hospital three days later, and today, day 8 post-surgery, I'm up and about and walking with no walker, crutches, or cane.

Three weeks before the surgery, I downloaded your pre-surgery guided imagery and affirmations.  My wife and I listened to them every night for those three weeks, including the night before surgery.  Let me tell you, I am not a great fan of going "under the knife."  But the entire experience has been positive and amazing!

We arrived at the hospital at 6AM, and by 8:30, I was prepped and put to sleep.  The entire time before I was put to sleep I was completely calm.  Any fear was far from my consciosness.  My wife said she was amazed at how peaceful I was.

Within three hours of the surgery, I was up and walking with a walker, including walking up and down stairs.  And without the pain I or the doctors expected.  

Today I can walk (not without pain, but nothing unbearable) a block outside without a walker, crutches or cane.

I attribute the peace into which I entered the surgical arena and the success I have had so far in recovery entirely to your CD - actually, to the "band of allies" you helped me create in my mind.  And I feel my body has accepted and taken the lead in my healing, at an even faster rate when I am asleep.

Belleruth, thank you very much for the wonderful aide which you provided me through your CD.  My wife can't believe my recovery, my Doctors can't believe my recovery, and I give all the credit to the imagery your CD provided.

Again, Thanks,
John Blackman Esq

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award