Having surgery is always stressful, but everyone knows now that music can make a big difference. Will your hospital have music headphones for you? This is a questions that I get asked frequently and so I have a few suggestions as you prepare for your surgery.
Let me start by saying that in 2022, more hospitals than ever have adopted our Surgical Serenity Solutions headphones. Still, there is a good chance that your hospital will not have music headphones for you. The good news is that research continues to be conducted and published that show the overwhelming positive benefits of patients have music before, during and after their surgical procedures or hospital-based diagnostic tests. This also applies to the procedures conducted in Ambulatory Surgical Centers. And if your hospital does not have music headphones for you, you can buy them directly from us and have them shipped in a matter of days.
The first step is to talk with your surgeon or anesthesiologist about your desire to use music with your procedure
Today, the vast majority of surgeons and anesthesiologists have seen the research on the benefits of music with surgery and are in favor of the patient having music. But they have not had the opportunity to learn about the one company (so far) that has created headphones that are pre-loaded with soothing, steady, serene, and therapeutic music. Our music has been curated and sequenced by a clinical musicologist, and our process has received a U.S. patent and many accolades.
But doctors are busy and they don’t realize that a ready-to-go product exists. For this reason, I have written a brief white paper for the patient called “How to Talk with your Doctor about using music with surgery.” To download this report, go to www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com/Talk2Dr. The report provides your doctor with research and dialogue between the patient and doctor in language that the doctor needs to hear in order to be positively persuaded.
The second step is to order your own pre-loaded headphones if the hospital doesn’t have them
When I first started this business, pre-loaded headphones for surgery didn’t exist. By chance, one of our first customers was a physician in our city of Louisville, KY who was having a hip replacement and ordered them . To my great delight, she wrote me a personal letter afterwards saying what a positive experience it had been and assuring me that she would spread the word to her colleagues and patients. This was a great start for our business.
The third step is to read some of the research yourself so that you can speak with confidence on the subject
Dozens of powerful, persuasive research studies have been conducted on the use of music before, during and after surgery. One of the most impressive and conclusive was a meta-analysis that was published in the British journal The Lancet. Read this study here.
Hospitals have a vested interest in keeping patient satisfaction high
Have you noticed that when you go to the hospital for any reason, or even the doctors office nowadays, you’ll get a survey? Yes, medical professionals truly care that you have a positive experience at their hospital, surgery center, or private practice, but their reimbursement is also tied to positive patient ratings. Patients who have music headphones provided to them in the hospital tend to give higher patient satisfaction ratings. They know that their hospital is going above and beyond the call of duty to give them the best experience possible. And if they’ve had surgery in the past, they can definitely feel the difference between having a “sonic cocoon” created for them of beautiful, relaxing music and have a anxiety-filled pre-surgery period where nurses and techs are talking with patients all around you and you are separated from other patients only by a curtain.
Many patients have reported that just hearing other patients conversing with staff and their own family members made then more frightened than they were when they arrived at the hospital. Having these pre-loaded headphones blocks all of that out and puts the patient in their own “sonic cocoon.” This is true both before, during and after the procedure. The recovery area is also filled with patients just waking up from surgery and separated only by a curtain.
Think about and talk with your surgeon about your desire to use music during your procedure and how they hospital or YOU can make this happen! Best wishes for a successful procedure! And do let me know if you have any questions.