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EFT Tapping for Fear of Surgery


By Carol Solomon, PhD, MCC

For as long as I had known my friend, Will, he walked with a limp. He only told me recently that it was from a traumatic bone injury at age 14. He called out of the blue a couple years ago and said that he needed a hip replacement, but he couldn’t bring himself to schedule the surgery.

He was too afraid of the surgery.

He knew about EFT and asked if I could help him figure out what was wrong. I could hear the fear in his voice. He didn’t know what he was afraid of or what was holding him back, only that he was putting off scheduling the surgery.

We tapped:

Even though I’m scared to have the surgery and I don’t know why, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I don’t know what I’m afraid of, I deeply and completely accept myself.

I asked him if he’d had any bad experiences with surgery. Did anything come to mind?

He started sobbing. And then it came to him – yes! He had felt traumatized with ether as a kid. He began to describe it “I had a lot of ear problems and I had to have surgery to drain my ears. They put the mask over my face and it felt like I was suffocating. It made me sick on top of that!”

He was also afraid of waking up during the surgery (another aspect).

We tapped on all of that:

Even though I felt like I was suffocating, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I got sick from the ether, I deeply and completely accept myself.

Even though I’m afraid of waking up during surgery, I deeply and completely accept myself.

EB: I felt like I was suffocating

SE: And it made me sick

UE: I was scared

UN: I was just a little kid

CH: I’m afraid I could wake up

CB: What if they don’t give me enough?

UA: I don’t know what’s going to happen

After we finished tapping, his fear was completely gone, and he scheduled his surgery for the following week. A

fter his recovery period, his gait is perfect and he is pain-free. I think he’d still have that limp today if it weren’t for EFT!

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