Today I was speaking before a group of nearly 100 people. As usual, most of them were shocked and excited to find that when the patient listens to music through headphones during surgery, the amount of anesthesia needed can be decreased by as much as 50%. A valid question is “will the Dr. automatically allow the patient to bring music into the O.R.?” and the answer is “NO.” You must let your doctor know as much in advance as possible so that if persuasion is needed, you’ll have time to provide evidence and documentation of music’s effectiveness. If you are interested in knowing more about this, you can visit my website, www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com or just put “music and surgery” into a search engine. You’ll be amazed at how much information is out there!