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.
Are you having surgery sometime soon? Are you concerned about going under general anesthesia because you’ve heard that general anesthesia is dangerous? General anesthesia is probably safer than it’s ever been. There is certainly a direct correlation between the amount of anesthesia a person needs, and the speed with which they recover. If you have had a previous bad experience with anesthesia or are elderly, frail, or red-headed (yes, redheads react very differently to anesthesia!), OR, if you’re just a little anxious, then there are few basic facts you should know.
- Ask your doctor if you absolutely need general anesthesia. Many procedures can be done under a regional block or even local anesthesia. But if you’re having open-heart surgery or other surgeries that require general anesthesia, then find other ways to reduce the amount, like supplementing with slow, steady, soothing music.
- Your chances of dying under general anesthesia are 11-16 per 100,000 and much does depend on the age and general level of health of the patient before the procedure. The anesthesiologist is closely monitoring every aspect of your body rhythms and levels and has many ways of keeping you safe.
- If you can meet with the anesthesiology team before the procedure, to discuss any concerns or previous surgery issues, or problems related to anesthesia that run in your family, that will let you rest easier.
Anesthesia is administered safely every day around the world, but if you’re having surgery for the first time, or have had a difficult experience with anesthesia in the past, then you want to be as well prepared as possible.
Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the use of music as an adjunct to anesthesia. Just last August (2015) the esteemed British Journal “The Lancet” published a huge meta-analysis of over 4000 studies on the use of music with surgery. The overwhelming verdict is that music is a powerful and easy to administer adjunct to anesthesia. And NOW, the study that was done last year at the VA Hospital here in Louisville, KY, is just about to be published in the International Journal of Anesthesia an Research (IJAR). Our product is poised to be in every OR on the planet within 10 years and we are working day and night to get the price down to where individuals can afford it, as well as hospitals when they order in bulk. Surgical Serenity Solutions has created cordless, pre-programmed headphones for the patient to wear, starting pre-surgery and continuing on through surgery and into the recovery room. To learn more about these and purchase them, go to www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com. You can reduce the amount of anesthesia required, have a safer procedure, and recover faster.
With the addition of our new “patient” model headphones, we are beginning to get calls from around the country from hospitals, pain clinics, surgery centers, and dental centers. We’ve finally found a great headphone that is able to hold our patented and proven playlist and is quite affordable for these centers to GIVE to each patient. That way there is absolutely no concern about spreading bacteria between patients, and patients can continue to heal after their surgery to the same music that soothed them before and during their procedure.
After spending many hours in hospital waiting rooms I’ve experienced that high level anxiety that permeates the atmosphere of most of the patients. Just one week ago I was at a large hospitals waiting room downtown here in Louisville, KY and it was very obvious that they were understaffed and not well-prepared for the number of sick patients that crowded into every available chair. After being called back into an examining room, the anxiety was still quite palpable and even behind the closed door, I could hear loud conversations from both nurses and patients. There were even patients lying in the hallways and every interaction was quite public.
Imagine if this was you, and someone brought you a set of lightweight headphones with beautiful, calming soothing music to put on while you wait? My family member, of course, had some because I always keep some with me for demonstrations. It was really a huge relief for her because the noise level was so high and also the anxiety hung heavy in the air. Between conversation and examinations, she was actually able to sleep and tune out the noisy hallways and even the noisy nurses station.
If you are interested in getting our headphones into your local hospital or dental center, surgery center, pain center, or any medical facility, just get in touch with me through www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com and we’ll be happy to prepare an estimate for you. The research is there. Calm, soothing music makes a huge difference in reducing pain and anxiety in the surgical/dental setting.
Headphones for the patient undergoing surgery is a must! Why has it taken so long for the medical/surgical community to realize this? Surgeons have been using music for themselves, assuming that if the patient enjoys it, that would be nice, but not medically significant. Has there been a misunderstanding? No, I think it’s a matter of educating the patients, the doctors, and the hospital administrators. Surgeons have been choosing their preferred music in the OR for many decades now. Patients and administrators have assumed that the music would also be effective for them, especially since they would be asleep for most of that time.
But is that really the case? NO. When music is being played ambiently in the OR, through speakers on a nearby table or counter, speakers in the wall or ceiling, the patients may vaguely hear that music, but they also hear the conversations, the sounds of surgery (which might include drilling, sawing, and hammering!) and the beeping of various monitors in the OR! This is not soothing for the patient.
After over a decade of research, and patient/staff accounts, we know for sure, that when the patient puts on cordless, lightweight headphones that are pre-programmed with soothing, slow and rhythmic music, they do better. Why? Because the music that has been chosen is the ideal music to engage rhythmic entrainment and place the patient in a “sonic cocoon.” This keeps that patients heartrate and breathing synchronized to the music, and outside conversation and noises do not penetrate the patient’s consciousness.
We are excited about our new headphone model that is priced so that the hospital can GIVE each surgical patient a headphone to take home with them. Our initial efforts are focusing on hospitals that have multiple facilities around the country, but if you would like us to talk with administrators at your hospital, just let us know, and we’d be happy to set up an initial call!!