Music and Cataract Surgery
A new study came out today about the effectiveness of using music during cataract surgery. There have actually been quite a few studies over the last 10-20 years about music with cataract surgery because it is one of the top-10 performed surgeries around the world every day. In order to understand cataract surgery better, take a look at what Healthgrades.com reports:
Every year about three million people in the United States have surgery to remove cataracts. Cataracts are common among older people. Half of all Americans develop one by the time they’re 80 years old. A cataract causes the eye lens to become cloudy. This causes vision problems, and surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. During the operation, the surgeon removes the lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial one. This lets the person see more clearly. People who have cataract surgery can usually go home shortly after the procedure, without an overnight stay in the hospital. Cataract surgery costs $2,300 to $3,000.
With the growing population of aging Baby Boomers, cataract surgery is being done all of over the world every day. As always, anxiety runs high with any surgery and having a completely natural tool like music is such an advantage to a cataract patient.
The Surgical Serenity Solution has been used with thousands of cataract procedures, (including the patient in the picture above.) Our playlists have proven to be completely effective at decreasing anxiety and pain perception. However we know that there are many kinds of calming, soothing music around the world. This particular study was done in China and was reported in a reputable medical journal there.
The title of the study is:
Effect of slow tempo music on markers of anxiety during cataract surgery: Randomized control trial
This study was done in China at a large hospital. To read the abstract click here. The purpose of the study was to objectively examine the effects of slow, steady music on patients having cataract surgery, and specifically on their anxiety level.
- Salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) levels were measured at the beginning and at the end of surgery.
- They also took the blood pressure of the patients 5 minutes before surgery and at the end of surgery, as well as at 4 or 5 other points during the procedure.
The music that they used was translated as “standard solo piano music.” Our original classical playlist uses classical pieces of 3-4 minutes apiece from major Western classical composers. Their conclusions were that the indications of lower anxiety, as measured by the sAA levels and blood pressure, indicate that listening to slow and steady piano music in the perioperative period makes a positive difference.
What is the best music for surgery, before, during and after?
The best music to use for the patient during the surgical procedure is purely instrumental music that has the tempo of the healthy, resting hearbeat. This music should be administered through cordless, noise-cancelling headphones. Soothing and therapeutic music is also a very cost-effective intervention. This music doesn’t cost the hospital much money and has absolutely no side effects.
We have already created these headphones for your! They are being used in hospitals around the world and new hospitals buy into our system every month. If your hospital doesn’t have them, you can order them for yourself at www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com/patient-products. To get these headphones into your hospital, surgery center or dental clinical, go to https://www.surgicalserenitysolutions.com/20-pre-loaded-headphones-for-hospitals/.
To read more research studies on the benefits of music with many different types of surgery, go to https://www.surgicalserenitysolutions.com/medical-research/
Surgery is a serious procedure and experience but can greatly improve the quality of life with traumatizing the patient or their loved ones.