Hypnosis used instead of anesthesia in operation on woman

42-year-old allergic to numbing agents

Hypnosis used instead of anesthesia in operation on woman

Padua, August 21 - A woman in Padua had surgery to remove a skin tumor by hypnosis instead of anesthesia, a medical journal said Wednesday. The woman 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 operation reportedly lasted 20 minutes during which the patient's blood pressure and heart rate remained stable.

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