May 30, 2022

Why I Call My Patients Before Surgery (Secrets of Anesthesiology)

Hands holding before surgery. The mind-body connection is powerful before surgery. Dr. Kaveh calls his patients to guide them on a healing journey under anesthesia.

Surgery can be scary and painful - but it can also be life changing. The vulnerability of surgery can be a door to healing the mind, but you must be prepared for it. Anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, addictions, and more can be addressed during surgery under anesthesia. Just ask someone who has quit smoking (cold turkey) after surgery! It’s why I call my patients the night before surgery: to uncover the inner healing potential.

The wound is where the light enters the heart - Rumi

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I call my patients the night before their surgery so we can talk about the basics of anesthesia, like the breathing tubes, nerve blocks, epidurals, spinals, etc. That way we can focus on deeper healing under anesthesia in the operating room.

If patients are preoccupied with the anesthesia basics, like breathing tubes and nerve blocks, we don’t have enough time to focus on healing the deeper suffering. Anesthesia opens you up like a book, and it’s a powerful window into your body. You can use that perspective to grow and heal. This isn’t a band aid solution; this is finding the root cause of underlying pain. That’s why it’s so powerful!

There are three foundations to starting a healing journey for most patients. All three are present in the operating room before surgery. I take advantage of all three when I start talking with my patients the night before surgery. That way, we can let the mind uncover the inner healing potential. Patients can then recover with less pain, fewer side effects, and improved mental and physical health.

It’s healing the mind AND the body!

Unlocking Your Potential In Surgery - Video Overview:

  • The operating room is the most mysterious room in the world: you don’t know what happens to your body when you’re here. We literally wipe your memories.
  • This can be anxiety provoking and downright frightening.
  • But patients don’t know they can heal their minds as much as their bodies in this room.
  • That’s why I call my patients the night before surgery.
  • Surgery and anesthesia are the most vulnerable and dangerous parts of most patients’ lives.
  • But did you know that it can also be one of the most powerful experiences of your life?
  • Anesthesia uncovers the most powerful secret of medicine: your inner healing potential.
  • Anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, fears and phobias, addiction, cardiovascular disease, and so much more.

What is anesthesia?

See my past articles on anesthesia, too!

  • Anesthesia comes in different flavors: light and deep, and both are powerful.
  • We think of anesthesia as turning off your brain, and that includes the parts that interfere with your ability to heal yourself.
  • We call this turning off your inhibitions, but it can be more powerful than what alcohol and other drugs do.
  • But we can’t get to this level of inner healing without first talking about your surgery and anesthesia basics, like breathing tubes, nerve blocks, epidurals, and spinals
  • That’s the first reason I call my patients: to learn their medical history and tailor their basic anesthesia plan to their medical history. But that’s only the start!
  • That’s the door to learn about the rest of their history: anxiety, depression, past traumas, chronic pain, addiction like smoking, food addictions, cannabis use disorder, and so much more.

Surgery; Healing the Mind and the Body?

With great vulnerability and fear comes a powerful healing potential
  • With the right patient, we use surgery and anesthesia to heal both body and mind.
  • Anesthesia can literally open you up to new insights about the power you have over your body.
  • I've shown you before how I can induce, and arrest, a panic attack - all with my mind-body connection.
  • This is just an example of the power of the mind-body connection.
  • And it’s the reason why clinical hypnosis was so powerful before the application of ether for anesthesia.
  • Adding modern day anesthesia medications to clinical hypnosis can make the effect much stronger and more applicable to more patients.
  • And by the way, clinical hypnosis is still super relevant today. I use it in young children, elderly patients, and patients suffering from addiction. We try to limit anesthesia in these populations because of the greater risk of side effects in their brains.
  • This isn’t new age, hippy dippy stuff. It makes surgery and anesthesia safer.
  • Mindset before surgery impacts anesthesia safety and surgical outcomes.
  • It can affect pain, nausea, wound healing, blood clots, and so much more.
  • But with the right patient, we can dive much deeper and heal deep seated suffering.
  • It’s like retraining your brain, and it’s possible because we’re taking away the shades that ordinarily cover the insight into our hearts and brains.
  • It’s possible when my patients know they’re cared for, loved, and guided through one of the most frightening experiences of their lives.
  • And with patients ready to start that journey, it starts with our phone call the night before.

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