Will Surgical Serenity be covered by insurance?

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Will the Surgical Serenity headphones be covered by insurance?

C-section Serenity Headphones

Waiting to go into surgery.

This is a fair question, and one that I get asked fairly often.  The Surgical Serenity Solution has the capability to reduce anxiety before surgery, anesthesia requirements during surgery, and pain medication after surgery.  The Surgical Serenity Solution can decrease nausea and vomiting in the PACU so that patient is able to be discharged to hospital room or home sooner and begin their overall recovery.  This ingenious and revolutionary tool has the ability to create a win-win for both patient and hospitals by contributing to patient health, but also increase patient satisfaction scores for hospital and allowing them to have faster turnover and treat more patients in the same time period.

So when will health insurance start paying for this?  The insurance industry is a conservative industry and I believe that they will require more studies on this, even though we have at least a couple of hundred in the last two decades.  I believe that BC/BS of California already covers some tapes/CDs that have affirmations for healing on them and actually issues them to patients with various health challenges from chemo to surgery to depression.  I see no reason that they won’t eventually cover the Surgical Serenity Solution, too.

In the meantime, we are working tirelessly to find a headphones that is so affordable for hospitals, that they can actually GIVE them to patients when they arrive at the hospital the morning of the surgery and use them throughout the process and them take them home to keep during their recovery and afterwards!

Are YOU having surgery soon?  Do YOU want to use the absolute best music during your procedure and afterwards?  Just go to www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com now and get some for yourself.  They hold 4G of music, so you can add whatever music you want afterwards and use them for years to come.  You’ll be so glad that you did!

 

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More FAQs about the Surgical Serenity Solutions

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2015 has been a great year for Surgical Serenity Solutions company!  We have visited medical professional and medical device professionals in Denver, Atlanta, Sarasota, New York, Boston, San Juan and South Carolina to

Friends, everyone says that it’s just a matter of time before music for the patient undergoing surgery is an absolute given!  I notice, however, that people are afraid of new things, whether devices or processes.  Especially in the medical world these days, hospitals and physicians are fearful of getting sued.  The research is there, though,  Not only do we have nearly 100 studies that document the benefits of music, including a study on our own headphones and proprietary music, done at the VA hospital here in Louisville, KY!

Here are the most frequently asked questions:

  1.  How much are the headphones?  The premium hospital model that can be reused is $247.97.  There are price breaks for quantity, of course.  The individual headphones that are intended for one patient to use and take home, are $50 with minimum order of 500.  These are intended to be issued to each patient at admission and sent home with patient for continued recovery and healing at home.
  2. What kind of music is on the headphones?  The music is lesson-known classical piano music, played by a concert pianist.  As a clinical musicologist, I have chosen music that best entrains the heart-rate and breathing to the music in order to induce the relaxation response.  We are currently working on a jazz playlist, a New Age playlist, a classical guitar playlist, and a children’s playlist.

Most of your answers can be found at www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com, including a free paper you can download entitled “How to Talk to Your Doctor about using Music during Surgery!”  Let me know any and all questions you might have!

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Must everything be sterilized for Surgery? No!

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If you’ve been following Surgical Serenity Solutions for awhile, you know that our headphones are being used every day in hospitals around the world!  But every now and then, somehow asks us how hospitals are able to “sterilize” them for surgery.  I rely on what surgeons, anesthesiologists and surgical nurses have told me and here is what I’m told:  during surgery, a “sterile field” is prepared, depending on what part of the body is being operated on.

Only things that are going into a patients body need to be sterile.  Our Surgical Serenity headphones are behind the neck and over the ears.  Each earpiece has a disposable sterile cover on it and these are replaces with each patient and connecting band is wiped down with antibacterial spray.  Obviously, the headphones can’t be used with brain, head, neck or face surgery.  Still, our proprietary music can be played nearby and the body will still entrain with the steady, soothing pulse!

For those that are concerned that the headphones are not “sterilized,” we are starting a new purchase model where we offer a less expensive model that doesn’t have as long a battery-playing time but is otherwise very similar to our current model in terms of style (behind-the-neck) and comfort, for a price that will allow hospitals to give EACH surgical patient their own headphones that they can take home with them and continue using as they recover at home with our soothing, steady, comforting music.

Stay tuned for the new model, hopefully appearing in time for Christmas!

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Music for Surgery: Headphones or Ambient Music?

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What do you think is the best method for delivering music during surgery?  Many methods have been tried:  speakers on the wall, boombox in the corner, headphones, ear buds and even live music in the OR.  I actually used corded headphones connected to  a Sony “Walkman” back in 1994 when I had back surgery and the surgeon and nursing staff felt I had an exceptionally fast recovery.  I had the sense, even back then, that soothing music through headphones created a kind of “sonic cocoon” that was quite beneficial to the patient, not only delivering music directly to the brain, through the 8th cranial nerve, but also blocking out the sounds of surgery and the conversations that patients don’t need to hear.

For me, ear buds are definitely not a good option because they fall out so easily and don’t have the sound-blocking capabilities that headphones have.  Speakers in the wall or nearby are even worse because the patient can still hear conversations and the music playing is likely the music that the surgeon has chosen because of its upbeat, energetic nature.

Live music?  It seems like a great idea, but I question the practicality of that in surgery.  Operating rooms are not very big and to have a musician in the midst of serious surgery brings up all kinds of questions.  If all of those questions could be addressed successfully, I still don’t think that every patient who could benefit from music during their procedure would be able to have it easily.

Obviously, we believe that the pre-programmed, cordless headphones are by far the best choice.  This music has been scientifically chosen for the slow, soothing, steady pulse that engages rhythmic entrainment and allows the patient to relax naturally and thus require less medication.  Once the relaxation response is in place, the music coming through the headphones before, during and after the surgery, does the same job that anxiety medications, pain medications and anesthesia would do.  Make sense?  I’m happy to answer any and all questions you might have.  Just contact me through this blog!

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Having a cystoscopy? Music can help you!

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CystoscopySSSThere are many medical procedures that are just really uncomfortable.  A cystoscopy is one of those.

Cystoscopy may be done to:

  • Find the cause of many urinary system problems. Examples include blood in the urine, pain when you urinate, incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections, and blockages in the urinary tract.
  • Remove tissue samples for testing (biopsy).
  • Remove a foreign object.
  • Insert a stent. This helps urine flow from the kidneys to the bladder.
  • Treat certain problems. The test can be used to remove stones or growths, help stop bleeding in the bladder, or remove a blockage.
  • Inject a dye that is used for a special type of X-ray of the ureter and kidney.

Anything that potentially causes pain and discomfort is also going to cause a lot of anxiety.  Anxiety in turn, causes muscles to tense up, instead of relaxing, which would make the procedure more difficult and potentially more painful.  So, what’s a patient to do?  MUSIC!  Music is a known therapeutic and calming agent.

One of our happiest, most-satisfied customers used the Surgical Serenity Solution with her cystoscopy and reported “I was really not looking forward to this procedure.  But I had been having some serious symptoms and cancer runs in the family, so I knew I needed to go ahead and have the cystoscopy.  I ordered the surgical headphones and as soon as I put them and started listening to this beautiful music, I knew that I would get through it.  I highly recommend this concept.  They just take you to another whole world and make the procedure seem less scary and painful!”

 

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Root Canal!!! The most dreaded procedure of all.

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Nobody wants to have a root canal, right?  I’ve had one; actually I’ve had 3, but they were all in one tooth, because some teeth, molars, have four roots.  They are definitely no fun, but with enough novocaine and nitrous oxide, I got thru it.  But who wants to be filled with novocaine and nitrous oxide.  Numerous people have now used our headphones for major and minor dental procedure and they rave about the positive results, compared to previous interventions.  Dentistry was actually one of the first professions to use the headphones back in the 50’s.  It was called audio anesthesia and my dentist gave them to me.  Needless to say, they were nothing like our solution.  They were huge and clunky and had a five-foot long cord that everyone in the room was tripping over.  I liked them, but they were heavy.

Listen as Suzanne tells her experience of using the Surgical Serenity Solution with her root canal.

 

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Abdominal aeortic aneurysm: Music Made a Huge Difference!

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An abdominal aeortic aneurysm is a very dangerous condition.  According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Tears in the wall of the aorta (dissection) are the main complications of abdominal aortic aneurysm. A ruptured aortic aneurysm can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. In general, the larger the aneurysm, the greater the risk of rupture.”

Walking around with any kind of aneurysm is frightening and stress and anxiety is inevitable.  This 70-year old gentleman had read about the Surgical Serenity Solution online and was very eager to give them a try for his upcoming surgery.

Like the vast majority of our customers, he had a very positive experience and was eager to return to my office and tell me about it!  Listen as he relates what happened to him!

 

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British Journal reports on study: Music with Surgery

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I’m interrupting my 30-day blog series on Music with Surgery, to announce a huge study that came out yesterday from the British Journal, the “Lancet.”  This exciting new study from Lancet on music with surgery is literally “just what the Dr. ordered!”  This was particularly exciting for us because we have been researching music with surgery since 1990 and got a US Patent in 2008 on a process for choosing the ideal music for before, during and after surgery, no matter what the genre.

Here are some of the postive and exciting findings that they reported:

Findings

We identified 4261 titles and abstracts, and included 73 RCTs in the systematic review, with size varying between 20 and 458 participants. Choice of music, timing, and duration varied. Comparators included routine care, headphones with no music, white noise, and undisturbed bed rest. Music reduced postoperative pain (SMD −0·77

[95% CI −0·99 to −0·56]), anxiety (−0·68 [–0·95 to −0·41]), and analgesia use (−0·37 [–0·54 to −0·20]), and increased patient satisfaction (1·09 [0·51 to 1·68]), but length of stay did not differ (SMD −0·11 [–0·35 to 0·12]). Subgroup analyses showed that choice of music and timing of delivery made little difference to outcomes. Meta-regression identified no causes of heterogeneity in eight variables assessed. Music was effective even when patients were under general anaesthetic.

Interpretation

Music could be offered as a way to help patients reduce pain and anxiety during the postoperative period. Timing and delivery can be adapted to individual clinical settings and medical teams.”

I hope that all of my readers will help us to spread this wonderful news.  We hope to be in 6 new hospitals by the end of 2015!  Please help us get the word out.

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Music with a Breast Biopsy Surgery

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Let’s be honest, getting a biopsy of any kind is pretty scary!  One of the things that fear does to you is to cause your muscles to tense up, your breathing to become shallow, and your heart rate to race.  Sometimes blood pressure goes up, sometimes is goes down too far.  Going in to a biopsy, you don’t know if you’ll get a clear bill or health or if doctor will say you’re going to have to have surgery!

I’ve worked with many women who had to have a breast biopsy.  I had to have one myself!  Susan was a lady in her 50’s and reported that she’s an anxious person anyway.  She contacted me when her MD said that he felt it would be wise to do a biopsy and perhaps a lumpectomy.  Listen to Susan recount her experience:

The proof’s in the pudding!  Susan is one of our many success stories!  If you are having surgery of any kind, please consider doing yourself a favor and use the Surgical Serenity Solutions!

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Having a hysterectomy? This woman felt it made the procedure a very different experience!

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Each year approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States, i.e. a little more than one uterus for every minute of the year.Oct 3, 2014.  Sadly, experts reports that as many as two-thirds of them are unnecessary!  The hysterectomy is a traumatic surgery for women because it represents the abrupt cessation of the women to give birth, whether she has had children in the past or whether she never had any but had hoped to!

As a result, the woman who is about to have a hysterectomy for whatever reason, is in a uniquely fragile state, both psychologically and physiologically.  The woman who is about to have a hysterectomy needs to be taken care of with lots of love and attention.  This woman is a perfect candidate for music before, during and after her surgery.  Such a woman was “Mary.”  Mary had never given birth, but had wanted to before divorce and severe fibroids took away her options.  Mary did everything she knew to do to avoid having a hysterectomy, but at age 53, her periods brought such severe pain and cramps that she could stand the pain no longer.

Mary loved music and when she heard that someone would help her choose her own favorite soothing music and create a CD just for her surgery, she knew this was something she wanted to do.  Mary had a history of bad experiences with anesthesia because as a small person, it didn’t take much at all to put her to sleep.  So she came to me, and together we put together about 60 minutes of her favorite classical music that would loop until she woke up in the recovery room.

Her first comment after she was back in her hospital room, was that the music had been wonderfully orienting to her when she began to wake up in recovery, groggy and confused.  She reported that she had much less nausea and vomiting than previous surgeries and that she felt that the music had made a previously untolerable procedure, a tolerable one, and one that she was very glad to have over with.

This was before we had created the actual Surgical Serenity Solution, and was a precursor to the cordless, pre-programmed headphones.

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