Hypnosis for Symptom Management in Elective Orthopedic Surgery

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The purpose of the study is to determine if teaching self-hypnosis techniques to patients prior to knee replacement surgery will decrease their pain medication requirements, pain medication side-effects, length of stay in the hospital, readmission rates, pain, anxiety, physical function, satisfaction scores, and cost of admission.

Official Title

A Randomized Study Using Hypnosis for Symptom Management in Elective Orthopedic Surgery

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 18 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. - At least 18 years old. - scheduled for a primary, unilateral, total knee replacement surgery within the study period - able to commit to a single study clinic visit at least one week prior to their scheduled surgery and use of phone recordings - able to read and understand English - Score at least 25 on mini-mental state exam
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. - severe psychiatric or structural brain disease (ie. psychosis, stroke with functional impairment, dementia) - current use of hypnosis/self-hypnosis - enrolled in other clinical trials related to pain management or length of stay - hearing impairment that would impede ability to listen to a phone recording


Jessie (Kittle) Markovits
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine Clinical Associate Professor (By courtesy), Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Jessie Kittle, MD