Yes. The body remembers. (Dr. Robert Scaer’s book, Spectrum of Trauma, devotes an entire section to the topic of trauma resulting from surgical interventions.)
A Case of Surgical Trauma:
I worked with a client who’s presenting issue tracked back to an event where she was undergoing heart surgery at two years of age.
Aspects calling for resolution included:
- Being separated from parents, especially Mom (alone, scared)
- Mom’s feelings – worried/scared (so I’m worried/scared)
- Being in a strange place (hospital) – sounds, smells, bright lights (alone, scared)
- Being surrounded by strangers (surgical staff) – (alone, scared)
- Masks and gowns – (scared)
- Being tied down to the table, unable to move (powerless, terrified)
- Having a tube put down the throat and not being able to cry out (terrified)
- The heavy feeling of the anesthetic (the worst part of the experience)
- The thought “I’m going to die” locked in subconsciously, generating symptoms ( heavy feeling of anxiety in her chest)
Resolving this event released the cause of the symptoms.
If the surgery is related to the client’s presenting issue, regression will take you to those events to reveal the decisions made by the child.
Even if the event is not the ISE releasing the trauma will benefit the client in untold ways.
1. Release the negative emotions held in the event.
2. Bring in adult wisdom to reframe the situation so the client at the earlier age can make better decisions based on those things.
3. Bring those changes forward through the subsequent events up to present time.
4. Help the client make the connection between what happened then and the symptoms in their present life.
5. Carry the changes forward to test the result of having made these changes and compound positive expectations for the future.
Hope this was helpful!