How does music help during surgery?

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This is probably the question that I get asked most frequently and I assume that most people just don’t think of having music while they are asleep. Many people assume that perhaps it would be too distracting to the surgeon and that the patient is asleep anyway?

Not so! First of all, what I am recommending is that the patient wear lightweight, already programmed headphones so that the music the patient is hearing is intended only for the patient. The surgeon does not hear it at all.

Nowadays, many surgeons actually do bring their own favorite music in to the operating room. Surgeons say it helps them to concentrate more on the work they are doing and also it helps keep their energy level up.

From the patient’s point of view, they often wake up after surgery and reports that they did hear conversations and comments by the doctor or the nurses and, in the case of joint replacement surgeries, they hear drilling, hammering, and sometimes sawing!!!

When the patient is wearing lightweight headphones, not only do they have pleasant soothing music entering their brain, but this music also helps to block our the disconcerting sounds and conversations in the operating room.

What will you choose to do if you need a medical procedure?

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Interested in Music with Surgery? Positions available

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IMG_2640Greetings to all of my friends, subscribers and customers. Healing Music Enterprises has been around for ten years. Surgical Serenity Headphones have existed for about a year and a half. We are having growing pains and need to have some serious, enlightened people to join us.

For the moment, I would like to have two new board members who are interested enough and willing to work for stock options down the road. We particularly need an anesthesiologist, and we could really use a marketer! I have talked with hundreds of physicians, surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists over the last decade who believe that music with surgery is a great idea whose time has come, but unless we can get one on our advisory board, we can’t move forward like we need to.

If you are an anesthesiologist or a marketer and would like to be a part of this exciting adventure, please contact me immediately at chantdoc@healingmusicenterprises.com and give me an overview of your own background and why you ‘d like to work with us. The potential benefits down the road are going to be fabulous I can tell you! Thanks for your interest!

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Anesthesia sensitivity and music

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NEW YORK, NY — 05/18/10 — Each year, many patients must pass up on elective minor surgeries because of the serious risks attached, especially with regards to anesthesia. However, more and more surgeries are being performed while the patient is sedated but generally “awake,” resulting in reduced risks and side effects, such as nausea or stress to the heart and lungs. These side effects make surgery very risky for patients with existing heart and lung conditions. And a majority of patients that suffer from advanced erectile dysfunction (ED) unresponsive to treatment with oral medications (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra), usually also have heart or vascular conditions. So when one of these patients needs surgery for a penile implant or prosthesis, an “awake surgery,” conscious sedation or twilight anesthesia might be the answer, says Dr. J. Francois Eid, director of Advanced Urological Care, and Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Weill/Cornell Medical College in New York City. “As a matter of fact because this type of anesthesia has worked so well for our high risk patients, we now use it routinely for all patients undergoing this procedure,” further states Dr. Eid. 
Dr. Eid’s main area of expertise is with penile pumps or Inflatable Penile Prostheses (IPP). He believes in the effectiveness of IPPs, since he has performed more internal penile prosthesis surgeries than anyone in the world, over 300 per year. In recommending this minor procedure for a patient with heart disease, the issue of anesthesia becomes a tricky one. Most general anesthetics make the heart pump less efficiently. They can also dilate the blood vessels around the body, resulting in a drop in blood pressure. The lungs are also put under stress, rendering them unable to clear out secretions as efficiently as they would otherwise.

With regional anesthesia and conscious sedation, sedatives lower the patient’s level of consciousness without putting them into a deep sleep, requiring endo-tracheal intubations and a respirator as with general anesthesia. A pain medicine is also administered, usually through an IV. These medications cause temporary forgetfulness, so patients may not remember the procedure. Depending on the level of sedation, the patient may be awake and able to respond physically to questions, listen to music or have a pleasant conversation with the anesthesiologist. Patient’s blood pressure and pulse are monitored during this process. Oxygen saturation and breathing levels are closely monitored by an anesthesia professional during the entire procedure.

According to Dr. Eid, the advantage to “awake surgeries” would allow his patients to undergo surgery with regional anesthesia, or ‘blocks.’ By blocking sensation with a local anesthetic around the specific nerves near the groin area of surgery, it would make his routine IPP operation faster and safer. Currently, the practice is being used in surgeries for hands, feet and limbs, but Eid believes that this is the ideal way of performing IPP surgeries.

There are inherent advantages of being awake and receiving a regional during IPP surgeries. Shortly after the local anesthesia is administered, full expansion and engorgement of the penis occurs. This facilitates sizing of the penis and results in a placement of a bigger implant. Reservoir placement of the prosthesis is also much easier for the surgeon. Better antibiotic penetration of the penis and surrounding tissues is also likely to occur from the dilation of blood vessels. Deep vein thrombosis of the legs, a complication of general anesthesia, almost never occurs following brief regional anesthesia. Even after the procedure is finished, prolonged relief of pain is noted from the regional anesthesia, preventing the need for oral or intravenous medications thus avoiding their side effects such as drowsiness, nausea and constipation.

“Not only is there an increased safety factor, but the use of local anesthesia will also allow patients to be released from the hospital or ambulatory surgery center sooner, most on the same day, which would save patients, hospitals and insurance companies lots of money,” explained Dr. Eid. Eid’s own “No-Touch” penile implant surgery, which boasts an infection rate of less than one percent, is also cost-efficient, as it reduces the need for prolonged antibiotic treatment and re-implant procedures.

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