Those of us in the field of hypnosis are always working to validate its benefits. This 1993 study not only proves the effectiveness of hypnosis in the surgical arena but also highlights the financial gain offered by this peaceful process.
In this study those who received pre-surgical hypnosis experienced more rapid return to normal gastro-intestinal function: 2.6 versus 4.1 days. Also the time to discharge from the hospital was faster: 6.5 versus 8.1 days.
This is the kicker; the hypnosis patients saved the hospital $1,200/patient. (Disbrow1993)
Studies like this support the fact that we are decades past the debate as to whether hypnosis is a legitimate modality supporting healthy change. The only debate that remains is whether it is right for the individual.