A hypnosis study was done on patients at Laser Spine Institute having minimally invasive spine surgery in our ASC in Arizona. There were 123 patients in a control group and compared them to 130 patients in the hypnosis group. Results showed that postoperative nausea and vomiting was statistically reduced with hypnosis; the rate of 1.5 percent while the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association reported rate was 2.5 percent in 2010.
In addition, results showed a statistically significant decrease in recovery room time. Recovery time was reduced by 11.7 percent with hypnosis. Patients were more alert after anesthesia and recovered more quickly. Ninety-three percent of patients said that they would request hypnosis for future surgeries. Recovery room staff reported using less pain medication and anti-emetics, resulting in a cost savings. Recovery room staff overtime decreased due to quicker recovery and discharge of patients.
Emphasis is on patient satisfaction. hypnosis decreases pain and anxiety during their surgical process and patients are comfortable when they are discharged.