13 August

Music has always been discussed as being powerful, with the ability to help trigger brain power and personal emotions. Well, now it seems to be able to aid patients who undergo surgery.

A study has been done by Queen Mary University of London who found that patients who listened to music during surgery didn’t need as much pain relief as others, and were less anxious about the procedure.

These patients were put under general anesthetic, but still found it had an impact on reducing stress and pain. Although it did not speed up recovery, the process was less painful. Therefore the scientists propose that the NHS advise patients to bring a music playing device with them when they are due for surgery.

The team reviewed 70 trials, involving about 7,000 patients around the time of surgery, comparing a wide variety of mostly “soothing” music…The researchers are following up this work with a study at the Royal London Hospital in the autumn. About 40 women having either a Cesarean section or a hysteroscopy will be given the chance to have their playlist connected to a pillow with in-built loudspeakers. [1]

This may be an interesting result to monitor, however, there is of course the argument that music during surgery is distracting. However, if the music can be played without bothering the medical team it should not be an issue.

The team also made the point that music is non-evasive, and since patients are the people having the surgery, they should be given the option.

Let us know what your thoughts are.

[1] BBC News,. ‘Music ‘Reduces Pain And Anxiety’ For Surgery Patients – BBC News’. N.p., 2015. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.

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