Pic for representational purpose Patients in the city are increasingly turning to hypnotherapy to help them control pre-surgery stress and fear. The technique is being used by psychologists and psychiatrists to bring down stress levels in patients prior to surgery and in some cases, to help with reducing labour pains as well. Hypnotherapy is not just used for major surgeries like kidney transplantation, but even for simple dental procedures.
Dr Prashant Bhimani, a psychologist, who has used hypnotherapy to help several transplant patients manage their pre-surgery stress at the Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Centre (IKDRC), said, that it also aids in better and faster recovery of patients.
“Many patients undergo severe stress before surgery. And this need not be a major surgery. We use hypnotherapy on patients to calm them as well,” said Dr Bhimani. He further said that the length of the therapy sessions is different for each case.
“At times, patients come to us on their own, while in some cases, the doctors recommend them to undergo such sessions to manage their stress levels,” said Dr Bhimani.
Dr Mrugesh Vaishnav, a psychiatrist, who too has been practising hypnotherapy, said that he gets patients who make use of the therapy for minor dental procedures as well.
“Patients do come for such therapy before major and minor surgeries. But I have had patients, who make use of the therapy to manage their stress levels before undergoing minor dental procedures,” said Vaishnav.
He said that it is also increasingly sought by pregnant women to help them manage their labour pain.
However, Dr Hemang Desai, another psychiatrist, believes that mind relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy have been around for many years.
“It is just that now people are getting aware about it. Earlier, patients were a bit hesitant about the use of drug-less therapies. However, now, its acceptance has gone up and this could be the reason for more patients opting for it. Although, there has not been a drastic rise in number of patients opting for such therapies,” said Dr Desai.
Dr JM Jadeja, head of the physiology department at Civil Hospital, said that similar therapies are being offered to patients at the hospital too.
“It started almost a month ago and we have seen patients benefit from it,” said Dr Jadeja.
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