Surgical Serenity Blog Series, Post #7: Looking back on how music helped me navigate my cataract surgery


I’m hoping that you’ll excuse me for not doing a video every day with my blog post as I said that I would.  After having cataract surgery on Wednesday morning, I’m just not looking as bright and perky as I’d like to and so I’ll just use some still photos that others are taking to help me follow this process.  Yesterday was the first day post-op and I felt pretty good although a little tired from all of the Versed that they gave me.  Thinking about the music through the two different headphones that I used, I know that I would have been waayyy more anxious without it.  I could feel my breathing particularly, relax and slow down when I would put the headphones on.  I actually used both types of pre-loaded headphones at different points during the surgery, but decided on the “patient model” to wear into the cataract procedure.  The reason was just the simplicity of turning it off and on and they volume was already adjusted perfectly for me.

About 4 years ago, I had taken a friend for cataract surgery at this very same SurgeCenter and had to do much more explanation of what the headphones were about and that they had been specifically created for surgery to lower anxiety and pain perception.  This time, I didn’t have to explain anything to anyone.  On the contrary, they were asking me questions about how I like them, where I got them, and if other hospitals and doctors in Louisville were also using them!!  When I explained that Drs around the world are using not only the headphones but also the surgery playlists with Bluetooth headphones.  So yesterday for the first cataract surgery was a big success and a way for me to benefits for the healing power of music, get my vision sharpened up again, and tell people around the world about not only the two models of headphones, but also our five mobile apps,, and our new ebook on surgery:

preparing for surgery

Dr Cash’s book on surgery is available in the Kindle bookstore on Amazon for $9.99.  It will soon be available in hard copy on Amazon, as well!


Cataract Surgery Case History with Surgical Serenity Solutions


Cataract Surgery:  Our headphones continue to be used with a wide variety of surgeries and procedures.  One of the most recent was a cataract surgery with a 65-year-old male patient.  The patient was moderately anxious before the procedure, primarily because he didn’t want to be sidelined too long with anesthesia related “brain fog.”  When he heard about the anesthesia-sparing benefits of music, he was eager to try them.

Cataract Surgery w Music

Waiting for cataract surgery

Before the Cataract Surgery

Waiting to be called back; wearing headphones

The patient put the headphones on as soon as he arrived at the surgery center for outpatient surgery.  As you can see from the picture, he was comfortable enough with the fit and the music to start working immediately on his iPhone!  Patient reports that one of the things he appreciated most about his nearly 60-minute wait prior to prep, was that he didn’t have to listen to other people’s conversations or the TV that was playing in the waiting room.

When patient was finally called back, he continued listening to the soothing, rhythmic music as gown was donned and IV inserted.  The next photo reflects his calm and readiness to go into cataract surgery:  Patient reported that in addition to cataract surgery, he was also getting an implant to improve his near-sightedness.


After cataract surgery with Surgical Serenity Solution

After the surgery, the patient said that the music had accompanied throughout the entire surgery and that when he woke up from the anesthesia, he immediately remembered where he was and why he was there.  He said that in previous surgeries he had awakened not knowing where he was and feeling nauseous.  This time, he felt calm, alert, focused, and ready to go home.

The operating team said that he had taken a minimum of anesthesia and no pain medication at all.  He was sent home with nothing more than the usual eye drops every few hours, eye protector and advil, if needed, and which he did not need.  Patient says that he is so glad that he used the headphones and that he will always do so in the future!

To get your own Surgical Serenity Solutions pre-programmed headphones, go to  We have two different models.  Both have the same proven successful music on them.  Buy some today for your family to use.  Dental work, blood work, MRIs, any procedure that causes anxiety or potential pain will be improved when wearing these lightweight, cordless headphones.


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