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A Meditation to Promote Successful Surgery Audio CD – January 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Health Journeys (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881405346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881405344
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two weeks ago today, I had multiple abdominal hernias repaired. My doctors projected I would be in surgery for 4 hours and in the hospital 3 to 4 days. I got this CD and listened to it every night before I went to bed for a few weeks. It helped reduce my anxiety prior to surgery, my surgery took less than 3 hours and I was discharged after 2 days. I was off narcotics within 36 hours. One of my surgeons said this surgery was "a lot easier" than he expected. Guided imagry and affirmations are so powerful! I am grateful I used this tool and would highly recommend it! Thank you Health Journeys and Belleruth! To you I am grateful :) December 2011 --Stephanie (reprint from Health Journeys website)

I had my double jaw surgery 4 weeks ago, and feel like I never had it done. After one week I was back at the gym, and by 2 weeks the swelling was all gone. The surgeon said I "behaved very well during the procedure' i.e low blood loss and blood pressure, and even the nurses said afterwards how well I was doing. From comparisons to other jaw surgery patients, I feel like I superwoman, and this meditation I believe is one of the differences. I listened to both parts before the surgery 4-5 times (including the morning of), and listened to the affirmations in the first couple of nights after the procedure, as I found sleep difficult, and it was quite comforting. I HIGHLY recommend this. At every step of the recovery, I have been told by everyone involved in my care how exceptionally well I am doing. It shows that the power of the mind is very influential, and this steers your mind in such a positive direction. March 2011 --Christina (reprint from Health Journeys website)

Wow...thats all I can say. I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer 1B2 a few months ago. I underwent a radical hysterectomy combined with femoral hernia repair 10 days ago. I downloaded this surgery meditation/guided imagery a week before surgery. I listened to it both awake and asleep and right up to before i was taken into the operating room. I was told by both the hernia and the oncology surgeon that the surgery went beautifully and was so easy, that my hernia had popped back in which made it so much easier for him to repair. All the doctors/nurses told me that my incision(about 8 inches) was one of the most beautiful and well healed wounds they had ever seen. I was released from hospital after 4/5 days and told by oncology surgeon it was one of the fastest recoveries he had ever seen. I'm not one to write reviews on anything, but I just had to about it was uncanny how successful the operation and the recovery was and great thanks to you BelleRuth. Remember also, diet/nutrition play a huge role too...I refused all medications after two days and ate great organic food and juices both before and after surgery. The mind and the body can do amazing things if you provide them with the right tools...and this surgery meditation is one of those right tools. Thank you so much again :) Rosie (Sydney, Australia) September 2008 --Rosie (reprint from Health Journeys website)

About the Author

Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner) is a widely used primer on imagery and healing. Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper Collins) has been translated into 9 languages and called one of the most thoughtful and sophisticated looks at imagery and intuition. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and was released in paperback January of 2006. Highlighted in the 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes, the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade . As Prevention Magazine noted, she has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Veteran s Administration, the U.S. Dept of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plan, scores of pharmas and nearly 2000 hospitals and recovery centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in many instances free of charge to recipients. Recently she has been developing military-friendly resources with the help of the U.S. Army and the Ft. Sill Resiliency Center, and DCoE (Defense Centers of Excellence) has declared guided imagery one of their Twelve Promising Practices. Her audio programs have been involved in over two dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for military sexual trauma and combat stress at Duke University Medical Center/Durham Veterans Administration Hospital. Naparstek received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. She maintained her psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and for several years taught graduate students at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. Earlier in her career, she supervised psychiatry residents at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was Chief of Consultation & Education at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Fairfax County, VA. She also did a brief stint as a musical comedy actress at Second City and The Tip Top Tap of the Allerton Hotel in Chicago, and says that her musical comedy skills sometimes come in handy for teaching.

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Belleruth Naparstek is a practicing psychotherapist, author of Staying Well with Guided Imagery and Invisible Heroes, and creator of the bestselling Health Journeys guided imagery audiotapes.

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The second cd is music to listen to during your operation.
I also have given Successful Surgery as a gift when a friend has an upcoming surgery, and it has been well received.
This was very helpful to me to learn how to calm myself and envision a successful surgery and recovery.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By CPM on December 17, 2006
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I listened to this tape daily for four weeks before my surgery. I only used the Affirmations part, as the Guided Imagery exercise didn't seem as focused. When I went into the operating room, I had no anxiety or fear. I did listen to the music portion on headphones during my surgery-- no problem with this on either the surgeon's or anesthesiologist's part. My surgery went exactly like the script in the tape! I awoke with my "stomach calm and settled" and my surgery went with "no complications, minimal bleeding, and very little discomfort". Everyone was amazed at how well I did. What a difference from a previous surgery 10 years ago that I did WITHOUT using the tape. I highly recommend this to anyone anticipating surgery.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Bayliss on October 16, 2006
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This author's work has been in use by Blue Shield of California (and others) with excellent success. Patients are told to take the CD home up to two weeks before their surgery, listening to Side One as often as possible. Then they are to listen to Side Two during and after surgery. I highly recommend that all listening be done with headphones, especially during surgery. If you, the patient, get any flack from the hospital Staff, simply remind them that the research shows a faster, easier surgery procedure with fewer complications, faster and more comfortable recovery and quicker return to normal, daily regimen, therefore it is in your best interest to have the CD playing while in surgery and during recovery. To deny you these benefits, they will be inflicting harm which is against their Code of Ethics. If they argue about infection control, remind them as to how they protect you against infection when using the blood pressure cuff. You can remove the foam covers and wipe the entire ear piece with an alcohol wipe. If they argue about safety, your CD player is battery operated and they almost certainly are not using flammable anesthesia. You should also know that there was an average savings of over $2000 per patient, as reported by Blue Shield. As a Certified Hypnotist with a Masters from MIHH, I can atest to the efficacy of this product and would suggest that all surgery patients use this item.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hope Springs on April 29, 2006
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I was very anxious before my big surgery, and this tape was passed along to me by a friend. She highly recommended it, and it was just the trick for me. It calms pre-surgery nerves and helped me to fall asleep each night for the two weeks before surgery. I highly recommend it to anyone. PS: I did not ask my surgeon to play side 2 in the operating room, as I didn't feel that was necessary. I used all of side 1 each night, and the affirmations on side 2. I figured that my surgeon would much rather listen to his own selection of music than this CD!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By zenmaenad on October 8, 2010
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This doesn't really work for me. The imagery on CD1 uses angels & guardians. That's Christian-ish & jarring enough for this long-practicing Zen Buddhist to jolt me out of the state of mind that might help. CD 2, which is for listening during the surgery, is newagey elevator music (my opinion only, of course) of a sort that makes my teeth itch. Again, not the desired state of mind.

Naparstek has obviously put a lot of care into this. I'm sure it helps many people. I'm just not one of them.

However, I do like "Preparing for Surgery" by Martin L. Rossman, MD (ASIN B000QZU4ZK). Its imagery is more neutral & "nondenominational." I've been listening to it at bedtime since I got it this week. Already, I can feel myself growing calmer about the scary major surgery coming up. I will make my own iTunes playlist for during the surgery. I have some soothing music that does not make my teeth itch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shed Key on January 14, 2008
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I bought this CD for my partner based on a recommendation from the Integrative Medicine clinic at UCSF. We both attended a pre-surgery seminar to find methods for helping to create a successful surgery.

The two-hour surgery turned into one-hour! Everything went well and my partner is recovering quickly. She was able to go home the very next day. Amazing.

I would highly recommend this CD. Use it in good health!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on May 3, 2009
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I was terrified to undergo the major surgery I needed. As a result I was living with a worsening condition because I kept putting off my surgery. (I put it off for TWO YEARS). I tried every type of alternative treatment I could find, but my condition was just getting worse.

My Dr. suggested I try some guided imagery to help myself to be mentally prepared. I heard some insurance companies give out guided imagery "kits" because trials have shown that people who use it have less surgical complications and heal faster. I found that Blue Shield uses this author, so I ordered this CD. It arrived only a few days before my surgery (at which point I was having to take sedatives because I was so stressed about going 'under the knife'). I listened to it several times a day, every day. It REALLY did help.., I was much calmer each time I listened to it, and I was finally able to walk into the hospital and get the surgery done.

My doctor let me have my cd player during the surgery too. And afterwards, I listened to it in the hospital a lot, and it helped ease my discomfort.

*Hint: It was suggested that as part of my mental 'preparation' I get a massage while listening to the music section of the CD to 'train' my brain/body connection that this music = relaxation. I wish I had ordered it earlier so I could do this several times. I was only able to do it once.., but it did help.
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