What are some of the surgeries that our headphones have been used with successfully?

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Patients wearing our headphones

Patients wearing our headphones

This is a questions that I’m frequently asked when people are planning to use music with their surgery.  The concept of using music during surgery is still a very new concept and many patients are confused about whether it is primarily for them or for the doctor.

Of course, one of the BIG benefits of the Surgical Serenity Solution is that both patient and doctor can each have their ideal, preferred type of music!  Usually the surgeon wants music that is

*  Energetic

*  Familiar

*   Upbeat

*  Positive

The patient needs music that is

*  Calm

*  Slow and Steady

*  Purely instrumental

*   Unfamiliar

So why does the patient need unfamiliar music and the surgeon gets to use familiar favorites?  Primarily because the surgeon is wide-awake, needing to focus and aware of what music does that for him.  The patient, on the other hand, needs to brought down in energy level, consciousness, and awareness of surroundings.  Something slow, steady and soothing will best do that; and because music is so often associated with specific events and people, we need to choose music that is not widely known and associated with pop culture or well-known events.

The music that we use on our pre-programmed, cordless headphones is classical music that the average person will not know.  In all the hundreds of people that have used the headphones, only one person at the last minute had a negative association and asked that headphones be removed.

We do have samples on our sales pages that give you a representative sample of what our music sounds like.  See  http://www.surgicalserenity.com/purchase.htm

So, back to the question “what surgeries have successfully incorporated the use of music through Surgical Serenity Headphones?”  So far we’ve been present for:

Abdominal Aortic Anerysm

C-section

Labor and Delivery

Heart by-pass surgery

Pacemaker implantation

Knee replacement

Hip replacement

Breast cancer surgery

Lung cancer surgery

Root canal surgery

Dental crowns

Dental cavities

Hysterectomy

Shoulder replacement surgery

Hernia repair and tummy tuck

Hand surgery

and many, many more!

If YOU are having surgery and want to ask questions before buying, please contact me through my website or this blog.  Thank you!!

 

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My Journey Into Using Music During Surgery

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For years, even  decades, I heard about people who used music during their surgical procedures.  I was always fascinated, being a musician and music-lover, exactly how this worked.  No one would really give me a straight answer about this and so eventually, I decided it must be a rare and esoteric experience that once could only get in New York, L.A., or perhaps Paris.  Little did I know, for the longest time, that there really was no particular method for getting your surgeon to provide music during your surgery.  And because I had never had surgery (except some relatively minor dental surgery) I wasn’t too concerned about it.

All of that changed in late summer of 1975 when I found that I would be having a baby in April of 1976.  Although I was happy and excited about this news, my mind went immediately to labor and delivery and what the pain management options would be.  I had heard my mother’s not-so-pleasant experience in the hospitals of 1948 when I was born, and I surely did not want to repeat her experience.  She was given scopolamine for her labor which lasted something crazy like two days.  At the end, she was completely knocked out and didn’t even see me until I was several days old!

Even though I knew that they didn’t even use that drug anymore for labor and delivery, I also didn’t want anyone sticking a needle in my back and accidentally hitting a nerve that would send me through the roof.  I decided then and there that I would use natural childbirth, the Lamaze method, and supplement that with music.  In 1976 that was really not so easy to do.  First of all, there were no CD’s or iPods, but only records and record-players and the hospital was not going to let anyone drag in their record player from home!  There were cassette tapes by then, but the music I wanted I didn’t own and it wasn’t that easy to make your own at that point.

Jump to 1990:  I had just gotten my Ph.D. in musicology and landed at dream job at the University School of Medicine as Coordinator of Music and Medicine.   Again, I began hearing about the use of music during surgery an reading everything I could get my hands on!  By 1993, I was speaking quite a bit about the “Healing Power of Music” and beginning to emphasize the benefits of music during surgery using that tapes that I was helping people put together before their surgeries.

Jump to 2005:  By then, I had probably helped hundreds of people to create their own tapes and then CD’s for surgery.  Now I was beginning to think, why couldn’t someone create headphones for surgery that were already programmed with the ideal, calm, steady, soothing music, that research has documented that people need less anesthesia, pain medication, etc. and recover faster as a result of less medication, and get back to their lives, happier and healthier!

Today, in September of 2013, these headphones are selling all over the world.  We began by selling them to the patients exclusively, but now we are actively selling them to hospitals and they are beginning to purchase them by the hundreds.  If you are contemplating surgery or if you have surgery scheduled, you need to order them NOW.  We can overnight them to you anywhere in the continental US, but don’t delay!  Go to www.SurgicalHeadphones.com.  They can be used for general anesthesia procedures as well as labor and delivery, dental surgery, cosmetic procedures of any kind, and simply for calming down and relaxing.  Go to www.SurgicalHeadphones.com right now!  Thank you!

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People’s Fears of Surgery and Anesthesia

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Most people are concerned and somewhat frightened when they learn that they are going to need surgery to correct, repair or heal from a condition. Many people are actually terrified that they will not wake up after general anesthesia. Although the science of anesthesiology has come a long way in the past five decades, there are definitely risks!
Recently I read a very interesting thread on a music blog. It went like this:
Who’s been under the knife? How does it feel waking up from the anesthesia? Do you feel groggy, disoriented, pain, numbness? Is it like waking up from a long sleep? Does the pain hit you like a 10 ton brick or does it gradually set in or do you have to keep taking pain killers?
The responses were fascinating: a combination of comforting and scaring the person further. To my delight, many of the readers seemed to be aware of the option of taking their iPod with their favorite music into surgery. If you’re looking at surgery in the near future, please feel free to contact me so assistance in preparing your perfect music!
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