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Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide Of Mind-Body Techniques Paperback – January 1, 1996

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"Best book I have ever seen showing how to prepare for surgery--physically, emotionally, and spiritually." -- Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"Fills a gap in our social fabric as an insightful and deeply compassionate guide to surgery." -- Carolyn Myss, Ph.D., Creating Health

"I recommend Peggy Huddleston's book and tape to all who require surgery and want to recover faster." -- Andrew T. Weil, M.D., author, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health

"Should be in the hands of everyone having surgery." -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

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Peggy Huddleston is a pioneer in mind-body medicine. Her ground-breaking clinical work and writing focus on the ways positive emotions and the human spirit enhance healing. A researcher, she is the principal investigator of a study documenting the benefits of her pre-surgical program at the New England Baptist Hospital, a Tufts and Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston. She also trains health care professionals to teach her one-hour workshop for people facing surgery. Her work with surgical patients has been featured nationally on PBS-TV. Peggy Huddleston, is featured in the recent book, Healing Spirits: True Stories from 14 Spiritual Healers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Angel River Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964575744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964575745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
I successfully used this book to prepare for the removal of major uterine fibroids. I was frightened at the prospect of my first ever surgery and I would not have come out of it so positively without the book and tape. My surgeon was amazed at my recovery and he only does this type of surgery. Try it for yourself, you have nothing to lose and peace of mind and body to gain.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dianna L. on April 14, 2005
The book is both reassuring and helpful. It gives very practical tips on how to make your surgery successful - actions that can be done from the time you get the book to after surgery.

The audio tape takes you through relaxation exercises that will at the very least help you to get to sleep at night. More importantly, the tape will help you to learn to relax so that you can think better during a stressful time.

I took the tape into pre-op. The surgeons said they wished everyone would do that because I was so relaxed and confident about the surgery.

Most important, I got out of the hospital early and healed quickly. I give the book and tape credit in helping me accomplish this.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Conrad on April 13, 2005
I liked this book because the emphasis was on me. My healing, my relaxation, my thoughts, it was up to me to help myself. I was very anxious before surgery and know from prior experience how worked up I can get. I am so thankful that I didn't let myself get all stressed out and took the time to help me. This book really helped me. I felt more relaxed and really prepared for the surgery. I didn't have the tapes but I used my own music which worked fine. I do yoga and have learned to meditate pretty good. But, if you don't know how to relax and can't do it on your own, get the tape which can only enhance your experience. My husband even commented how calm I was. I don't know if it has helped me to heal faster but the nurses did say I wasn't taking as much pain medication and family and friends are amazed how well I am doing. But I guess that depends on the person. The bottom line is, if you get stressed out about surgery yet want to feel more in control, more at peace, focus on your own positive surgical outcome, and reduce anxiety, this book is for you. I am much stronger for it and the next time surgery comes around I'll read it again.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ellibelle on September 10, 2004
I got the book and tape less than a week before surgery for cancer, on the recommendation of the hospital social worker, and another therapist, and was able to relax, feel optimistic and positive before and after surgery. Woke up feeling good, went off the pain medication, and went home less than 24 hours after surgery. Have healed quickly, and still use the tape daily for relaxation and continued healing of my condition. Nurses and doctors took note of the book and tape!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
This is an important book! Peggy Huddleston tells you how to use relaxation methods and visualization of your outcomes (for surgery and recovery - or chemotherapy) in a very straightforward, practical way. She also tells you how to approach your surgeon and anesthesiologist before surgery, what kinds of questions to ask them, and how to get them to help ensure a positive outcome/recovery by using healing statements during surgery and post-op. Most of the pieces of Peggy's method may seem familiar, but no one has put them in one place as such an easy to use guide. I used the book and tape prior to major surgery, got out of the hospital (my choice) in 1 day, and took no pain meds after 1 day at home because I felt so good. It worked for me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Aschaffenburg on March 10, 2002
Peggy Huddleston's "Prepare for surgery, heal faster" book was extrememly helpful to me when I recently had surgery.I have been an operating room nurse for 20 plus years but had never been the patient in surgery. Reading this book and listening to the relaxation/healing tape that is its companion gave me the coping tools I needed to under go surgery. The book explains 5 steps to prepare yourself for surgery resulting in a more positive surgical outcome. Surgery is a very stressful event no matter how major or minor the procedure is. I recommend that every person facing surgery should read the book and listen to the companion tape. You will be amazed how calm, relaxed, and comfortable you will feel before during and after your surgery.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JJ on March 5, 2007
I highly recommend this book for anyone having surgery. It truly made a difference in my attitude prior to the procedure and my subsequent healing.

Seven years ago, I underwent an emergency appendectomy, which was performed within hours of my doctor's diagnosis. I had no time to mentally prepare myself, and as this was my first surgery and hospital stay, I was very frightened. Six months later, I underwent another procedure to remove adhesions, fibroids, endometrial tissue, and subsequently, my left ovary and tube. Once again, I was extremely anxious, both before the surgery and afterwards. I remember very little about that time, but I do recall that I was in a great deal of pain for a long time.

This year, my doctors found a football-sized fibroid. My only option was surgery, as the mass was pressing on my right kidney and impairing its function. This time, I was determined that I would be an active participant in my surgery and healing. After seeing Ms. Huddleston's book and CD recommended on another website, I ordered both. The book arrived in adequate time for me to read it and begin implementing its suggestions. Prior to the arrival of the meditation CD, I used a CD of ocean waves as the basis for my meditation. Each time I had contact with my doctors or other healthcare professionals, I told them what I was doing and how I was preparing myself. Everyone was very encouraging and supportive. I did not use the meditation CD during surgery - although I had permission to do so - but I did give a list of affirmations to my anesthesiologist. He stated that he was very familiar with the process of using affirmations, and was happy to read them to me during surgery.
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