Melbourne: Hypnosis could be used more widely for pain relief, including in major surgeries, for people who have adverse reactions to anaesthesia, a psychiatrist has claimed.Bob Large of the Auckland Regional Pain Service said that about 10 to 15 percent of the population was hypnotisable.He said the technique had been used in Australia, citing the case of an Adelaide doctor who used hypnosis as an analgesic for abdominal surgery.However, this approach was at the dramatic end of the spectrum and was rare, he said.When hypnosis had been used in surgical procedures it had always been at the request of the patient who might have had previous adverse reactions to anaesthesia, Large said.Speaking on Saturday at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) in Perth, he said people who responded well to hypnosis could potentially have painless surgical operations.“That kind of person, if they are engaged in an appropriate clinical way, can develop profound hypnotic analgesia, and can have an operation quite painlessly,” the Herald Sun quoted him as saying.Although not everyone would respond well to hypnosis, there was still potential to use it in conjunction with anaesthesia to help patients relax and feel in control, he said.
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