Preparing for Surgery

Guided Imagery Exercises for Relaxation & Accelerated Healing

Preparing for Surgery

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Are you preparing for a major surgery? Recent medical research indicates that guided imagery is an effective way to maximize the body's healing resources and take the worry out of surgery.

Martin L. Rossman, MD, presents Preparing for Surgery, a series of simple imagery techniques proven to benefit patients with quicker recoveries, fewer complications, less pain, and less bleeding after an operation. Includes three exercises to support a successful surgery and more rapid recovery.

Suggestions for Working with Guided Imagery:

  • For your own safety and the safety of others, never listen to guided-imagery exercises while you are driving or operating dangerous equipment
  • A quiet, darkened place, or an eye pillow, may make it easier to concentrate
  • Try headphones or speakers if you have the choice and see which one you prefer
  • Get comfortable and feel free to move anytime to stay comfortable
  • Let your answering machine answer the phone, turn off the ringer, or unplug the phone
  • Tell your housemates that you'd like to be undisturbed for about 30 minutes, unless there is a genuine emergency
  • Taking some time to write or draw about your experience afterward is a good way to deepen your experience with your guided imagery.

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Very comforting and well-done Review by Lawrence

I recently learned I had bladder cancer, and had surgery scheduled in three weeks to remove the tumors. I was really struggling both with the cancer diagnosis and also dread over the procedure. I scoured the web looking for something that would improve my attitude toward the surgery, and sampled a number of audios like this. Now I have 30 years in radio and voice commercials for many of my clients, so I am extra-sensitive to vocal inflection and delivery. I found both Dr. Rossman's messages and delivery to be outstanding, and have listened extensively to all three versions of this program (pre-surgery, day of, and post). His voice was the last one I heard before going under sedation, telling me to imagine my surgical team at the top of their game. They apparently were. The only thing that would improve the audios is some ethereal trance-type music underneath, which I actually added myself. Kudos to Dr. Rossman!

(Posted on 1/21/2015)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Elizabeth B

I was never able to download this item, thus was never able to use it prior to my surgery.
I tried multiple times to download it per the instructions and the file would not download.
So I am out the money for this item.
Luckily my surgery went very well and I am on the path to recovery. I will not order another item from your website again
I was required to give this a rating of 1 star but would actually rate this a zero.

(Posted on 10/23/2014)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Adrienne C

I bought this CD for my total knee replacement. unfortunately it didn't delivered what I expected. I found it boring to listen almost the same words in all sequences even if there are some slight variations of words. After 2 days I had enough and turned towards other audios.

(Posted on 5/26/2014)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Murielle F

The day after I decided to have double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery, I went into shock. I knew it was the right decision, but emotionally, I wasn't ready. I found Dr. Rossman's "Preparing for Surgery" program online and it literally saved me. I listened to it twice a day for almost two weeks before the surgery as recommended, and it completely changed my attitude. I can't thank Dr. Rossman enough for this program.

(Posted on 12/1/2013)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Judi

I've used this for 2 surgeries and it was very helpful both times. It helped calm my anxiety before, and get through the recovery phase without too much discomfort. Ask if you can have it playing into headphones during the surgeries.

(Posted on 10/17/2013)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Benjamin R

I have found these guided imagery exercises to be very helpful both before and after surgery. Martin speaks with just the right tone of voice.

(Posted on 3/1/2013)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Patricia K

Not useful, any relaxation tape would have been just as good.

(Posted on 1/16/2013)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Carolyn

I benefited greatly having this audio to prepare for my surgery and for post surgery. I found it extremely helpful and would highly recommend it.

(Posted on 12/21/2012)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Margie F

I used this tape as designed for preparation and recovery of a major surgery. It was magnificant. I believe it helped me to be completely prepared and am still using twice daily, as this is day 5 post op. i am exceeding all recovery projections. Thank you for the wisdom and guidance offered through this excellent healing meditation tape!

(Posted on 12/3/2012)

Review for Preparing for Surgery Review by Lori Clark

Loved it! Both my mom and I have used it and we both found it to be helpful.

(Posted on 2/8/2010)



Contents 1 CD (75 minutes)
Date Published February 01, 2004
ISBN-10 1-59179-140-5
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-140-9
Dimensions 5 3/4 x 5 inches
Product Code AW00771D

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Contents 1 Audio download (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published February 01, 2004
ISBN-10 1-60407-264-4
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-264-8
Product Code AW00771W