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4 Your Health: Hypnosis during surgery

An alternative to anesthesia

A combination of hypnosis and sedation could be used in place of general anesthesia for some surgeries.

Researchers in France tracked 150 cancer patients who were under hypnosis during their operations. The patients were also given a mild sedative and *local* anesthesia to block pain.

In 99 percent of cases, hypno-sedation was comfortable for patients and for surgeons.

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