A professional singer, Alama Kante, has sung through surgery to remove a tumour from her throat, so surgeons could avoid damaging her vocal cords.
“The pain of such an operation is intolerable if you are fully awake. Only hypnosis enables you to stand it,” Professor Dhonneur was reported as saying to French publication Le Figaro.
According to an anesthesiologist at the University of Iowa, hypnosis is approximately 65-70% effective against pain. Surgical teams now prepare patients for surgery with hypnosis to reduce the required amount of anesthetic, simplify the procedure, reduce pain, and speed healing (Time, 2006).
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