It is not surprising that mental preparation is important for surgery preparation. A recent article in revealed a study that shows how mind-body surgery prep may reduce anxiety and help healing. The technique is known as mind-body surgery preparation, and it can greatly impact surgery success.

Surgery and the preparation for surgery can be extremely stressful. There are numerous factors that cause anxiety, but instead of focusing on the negative elements this article will focus on the positive.

The article highlights one such patient who used mind-body surgery preparation to cut her recovery time down significantly. Paula Young of Brockton, Mass. used guided imagery and deep relaxation to reduce pre-surgical stress and enhance post-surgical healing to aid in her surgery to treat stage 1 endometrial cancer.

Here is what Young had to say about her use of this technique:

“I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and went home the next day, “instead of the usual two- or three-night stay. “I had an amazing recovery as every day I visualized my healing.”

Peggy Huddleston, author of Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques. Here is what she had to say about her program:

“The goal is to empower patients to reduce anxiety and to turn their worries into positive healing imagery,” says gives patients the mind-body techniques they need to shift themselves out of fear into feeling peaceful.”

A number of the nation’s top medical centers, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center have embraced mind-body surgery preparation. They have found that this technique helps to reduce the amount of anesthesia used during a procedure. Ask your GIST Specialist for information about mind-body surgery preparation techniques.