Free UCSF Prepare for Surgery Workshops

Read the blog post about Teresa: "When you’re going through cancer treatment, the last thing you really feel like doing is laughing. Maybe that’s a cue that you should laugh."

Reduce anxiety and increase peace of mind!

Our workshop will explain your options for anesthesia and pain management and teach you mind-body techniques to help you relax and achieve a state of mind conducive to healing.

In this workshop, you will learn about: ~Anesthesia options and pain management strategies ~Guided imagery, and simple breathing and relaxation techniques ~Your support resources

People who participate in this workshop often: ~Feel more relaxed before surgery ~Have more tools to manage pre-surgery anxiety ~May require less pain medication

Workshops are offered twice a month at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in San Francisco, Ca.

Click here for the 2017 class flyer and schedule. Please contact Teresa Corrigan, R. N., for more information: 415-898-1440.

“I felt truly prepared after this session. I went into my surgery feeling calm and I know my surgery went better because of it. Teresa was terrific and I’d recommend her to anyone wanting to be more prepared for their surgery!”

Class Outline:

- Preparation for your Preoperative Appointment
- What to Expect
- Information to Bring to the Appointment
- Medications, Herbs and Supplements to Avoid Before Surgery
- Anesthesia Options
- Pain Managements Options

- Break -

- Ways to Prepare with Mind-Body Techniques
- Nutrition and Exercise
- Ways to Reduce Anxiety
- Breathing Techniques
- Simple Relaxation Techniques
- Affirmations Before and After Surgery
- Guided Imagery

One-on-One Sessions Appointments or Phone Appointments

In addition to the class, one-on-one appointments are available with Teresa in person or on the phone. Appointments are tailored to your individual needs, specific questions and concerns. Please contact Teresa for more information: 415-898-1440.

Guided Imagery for Surgery

Research has shown that working with relaxing images and visualizing positive surgical outcomes enhance the immune system and creates an internal environment for healing. One insurance study showed that patients who listened to a guided imagery audio of “Successful Surgery” by

Belleruth Naperstek (healthjourneys.com) had such improved outcomes that the company saved over $2000/patient. There are also many other excellent resources for surgery preparation here.

Laughter Yoga and Preparing for Surgery

Because of the profound ability of laughter to bring us into the moment of the laugh and provide a temporary break from our anxiety and worry, Laughter Yoga exercises are ideal for dealing with the stress of surgery. In addition laughter provides many health benefits such as boosting our immune system, exercising our lungs and providing increased oxygen to our body.

Click here for more benefits of Laughter Yoga.

Preoperative Laughter Yoga Exercise & Affirmation

Try the following exercise before surgery:

Inhale, (stretching up with your hands over your head if possible...while saying to yourself):
“My Surgery Will Have the Best Possible Outcome.”
- Exhale with laughter coming down.
- Repeat 5 times.
- Continue to repeat this exercise at least 5 times a day.

Affirmations can be changed to include other statements such as:
Inhale, “Any Pain I have will be Well Controlled."
Exhale laughing.
Inhale, “I Know how to Focus on my Breathing to Stay Calm."
Exhale Laughing.
Inhale, “I Know How to Breathe & the Breathing Always Helps Me."
Exhale laughing.

Create your own tailored to what helps you feel the most reassured and calm!



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