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Preparing for Surgery (Guided Self-Healing Practices) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True Inc; Abridged edition (30 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591791405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591791409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 12.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


Martin Rossman presents a series of simple yet effective imagery techniques proven to benefit patients with shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less pain, and less bleeding after an operation. Listeners will learn the tools to support a successful and easier surgery, as well as to speed and stimulate the recovery process.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Product to Help Reduce Anxiety and Worry Prior to Surgery 22 Oct. 2006
By J. Matus - Published on Amazon.com
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I was facing henia repair sugery. When facing proceedures like this, I tend to have a fair amount of anxiety - the "what if" kind. Dr. Rossman takes you through a deep relaxation technique, and then focuses on the positive benefits of surgery. He talks the skill of your surgical team, and about your body and its healing mechanisms.

I got this CD thee weeks before my surgery and played it almost every day.

I had a much more positive attitude and greatly reduced anxiety. The operation went well, and I only needed two pain pills afterwards. I can't say enough good things about this CD!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Helps to get ready 9 Oct. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
ADDED a few weeks after the surgery: I don't know how much to blame Rossman for this, but I am now "famous" at the hospital for my unbelievable pain tolerance. Truthfully, the pain wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. The main issue was getting them to believe me & reduce the narcotics so I could think!

Have been listening to this every night since I got it a week ago. Rossman's imagery is neutral & "nondenominational," which works for me. Rossman offers 3 separate sections for pre-surgery, day of, & healing after. I begin at presurgery when I go to bed at night & continue to listen to all 3 parts. Sometimes I wake up at points when Rossman suggests it, but not always.

Listening to "Preparing for Surgery" has made a difference already in how anxious I feel about the upcoming major surgery, which is extremely invasive & not optional. I expect it to be harder than the last time, when I was 20 years younger & quite fit. I was pretty scared about how hard it would be this time. Rossman helps.

I also tried Belleruth Naparstek's "Meditations to Promote Successful Surgery," which does not work for me. Naparstek's imagery on CD 1 is not compatible with my Buddhist beliefs. (Angels & "guardians"? Really?) Naparstek's CD 2 is music I do not care for.

If you're not an "angels" person, go with Rossman. You can make your own music playlist for during the surgery. I'm going to.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
helped me 3 Nov. 2006
By cepet - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this cd for the month before surgery, day of surgery and recovery time. It helped me tremendously and I highly recommend it to anyone facing surgery or procedures of any kind. I think pre-op dept should be offering this cd to their patients.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Pre-op exercises 27 April 2008
By Carmen A. Lucero - Published on Amazon.com
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Being that this was my first major operation, I wanted it to go as smoothly as possible. I listened to the instructional CD as soon as I received it and followed the suggestions. Three days before my surgery I listened to the guided imagery and it helped me to relax and anticipate nothing would go wrong during or after the surgery.

The voice was very calming and the exercise was very easy to follow. It had me so relaxed I didn't need as much pain medication before or after.

I very much recomend these relaxation exercises to anyone who is contemplaing surgery.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Preparing for surgery 16 Feb. 2008
By Suzanne Cornell - Published on Amazon.com
I found this CD very helpful. His voice is very soothing & his visualization methods worked for me very well. I listened to it for about a week before surgery and plan to share it with any friends or family who will be going through surgery. I am myself, a certified clinical hypnotherapist and thought this CD was extremely helpful & highly recommend it.
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