People preparing for surgery having been asking this question for about 30 years now. Although the use of music in a medical/healing environment is ancient, only in the late 20th century were we actually able to measure the effects that music has on the patient. For an intervention to be considered scientifically meaningful or valid, there must be research. Now the studies have been done and we know, for sure, music before, during and after surgery is a great idea!
So what are your options? Here is how I see them:
1. Tell your surgeon that you’d like to be listening to some calming, soothing music during your process, whatever that might be, and trust him to make it happen.
2. Spend some time, probably 3-5 hours, going through your CD’s or iPod playlists, and choose about an hour’s worth of your favorite calming, soothing music, to take into surgery on your iPod, if your surgeon will allow you to take your iPod in!
3. Buy the “state-of-the-art” Surgical Serenity pre-programmed headphones that have 2e years of research behind the selection of the music and they way in which it is delivered. These headphones have been used by hundreds of people in hospitals across the country, Canada, Hawaii, and Europe. Many people have contacted us and sent powerful reports about how much the headphones helped them to be calm and feel fewer side-effects of the anesthesia and pain medication. Also, these headphones can be used for years to come and re-loaded with other kinds of music for you to enjoy when you want to relax. We’ve even had children use them during surgery and are hoping to have a child-sized model created and loaded with music just for children.
There is no question that music before, during and after surgery is a great idea. Whether you choose your own music and load it on your iPod, or buy ready-to-go headphones, let yourself benefit from all the many advantages of music during your surgery or other medical procedure!