Prepare for Surgery

NYU Langone Medical Center and The Department of Integrative Health Programs offer a mind-body surgery preparation program based on the techniques developed by Peggy Huddleston, MTS.

Using this unique program, patients can learn to feel calmer before surgery, procedures and tests, use less pain medication and recover faster.

Using the instruction pamphlet and accompanying audio, patients are encouraged to explore the process of relaxation. By learning the skill of deep relaxation, it is possible to reduce anxiety and promote a feeling of calmness, which in turn soothes the nervous system and helps strengthen the immune system. Relaxation also helps balance the endocrine and cardiovascular systems, engaging the multifaceted biochemistry concerned with overall healing.

It is helpful if you can start the program one to two weeks prior to surgery. However, even one day of the program can provide benefits.

This program is offered free of charge to patients, their families and friends through a grant from a private foundation. Donations are also accepted to help keep the program going.

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We encourage all participants to complete our easy online survey. Your input will help us make any necessary improvements to the program.

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