“In the USA alone over 53 million patients undergo surgical procedures
each year. Despite most patients receiving pain medication, 50-75% of
patients report that they experience inadequate pain control
(Datamonitor). Pain is the most commonly reported reason for
readmission to hospital within 30 days of discharge or for admission
directly after surgery. There is a substantial opportunity for novel
and innovative medicines to expand and segment this developing
Vernalis: Post Operative Pain: V1003
One of the most novel recent solutions is the development of the “Surgical Serenity Music Headphones.” These headphones are designed to entrain, or synchronize the pulse of the music to the beat of the patients heart and breathing. This keeps the patient relaxed, even when they’re asleep, and allows for less anesthesia to still keep the patient comfortable. After the surgery, the patient continues wearing the headphones into recovery and there they usually require less pain medication.
This is a novel, effective and low-cost solution that definitely merits further research!