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Imagery Best for Surgery, But for Her Fabulous Surgeon

23 Aug

A friend of mine recommended guided imagery for surgery --- her surgeon had recommended it to her. I was lucky to find out that Kaiser carries this in their Health Education stores and I was able to get it there. I listened to the "pre-surgery" (tracks 2 and 3) portion each evening for a couple of weeks before my (hip replacement) surgery (skipping past the intro each evening).

I took my portable CD player into pre-op with me and was listening to it as they prepared me for the operating room, and was still listening to it as they wheeled me down the hall.

I have no idea when the ear buds were removed, but my sister had it available for me when I was moved up to my room post-op. I listened to it in the hospital whenever I was trying to sleep, and then for the ten days in a skilled nursing facility.

I truly believe that this CD was what allowed me to maintain a positive attitude throughout the entire experience. Friends commented on the change in me and how I was handling the challenges that arose during recovery.

I have recommended this CD to several friends who are approaching surgery (and knowing that they will probably NOT buy it for themselves, I pick a copy up for them and gift them with it). It really was the best tool in my surgical tool-kit (second only to my wonderful surgeon)!

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