Rome (dpa) - A woman in Italy was successfully anesthetized via
hypnosis ahead of undergoing skin cancer surgery, in an operation
hailed Thursday as a landmark by local media.
The procedure was performed in Padua by Enrico Ferro, Professor of
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the northern Italian town's
university. It took 10 minutes to hypnotize the 42-year-old patient,
while the surgery lasted 20 minutes.
"When the patient was de-hypnotised, she reported no pain and was
discharged immediately," Ferro wrote in an article on Anaesthesia, a
"Our case confirms the efficacy of hypnosis and demonstrates that
it may be valuable as a sole anaesthetic method in selected cases,"
the professor added.
Speaking on RAI radio, Ferro explained his method. "You
concentrate (the patient's) attention on a single thing," so as to
distract him from everything else, including pain, he said.
Hypnosis is unlikely to work on 10 to 15 per cent of the
population, he indicated. A further 10 to 15 per cent is "highly"
sensitive to it, while the rest of the population has "average"
The woman who was operated in Padua fell into the "average"
category, Ferro said.
# dpa NOTEBOOK
- [Radio interview with Ferro] (http://dpaq.de/53rIU)
- [University press release] (http://dpaq.de/7JRNM)
- [Article on Anaesthesia journal] (http://dpaq.de/jy41T)
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