Are you planning to have surgery sometime in the near future? Whether
it's elective surgery or "must-have" surgery, there are definitely
some people that are really going to benefit from using music through
headphones during the procedure and some that would not benefit as
much. Anesthesia is important but must be administered by a
professional anesthesiologist. The recent tragedy resulting in Michael
Jackson's death was because a non-anesthesiologist attempted to
administer Propofol, a powerful anesthetic for sleep problems and
ended up giving Michael too much Propofol.
Medical, nursing and
music therapy research continue to document the fact that having slow,
steady music playing during a surgical procedure can relax the body
naturally and can significantly reduce the amount of anesthesia the
patient needs during surgery. The less anesthesia you can take, the
fewer side effects you'll have and the faster your recovery will be.
Because of this awareness, many hospitals are now recommending that
patients listen to music during conscious surgeries and listen to
slow, steady, instrumental music during general anesthesia.
Medical studies have shown that it can take up to six months for
anesthesia to completely leave the body after general anesthesia.
After a regional anesthesia it can take several months, and after a
local anesthesia it can still take the better part of a day. Whether
you're going in for back surgery or having a tooth pulled or a root
canal, music can be effective for you if:
1. You've had problems with anesthesia in the past; anything from
allergic reactions to nausea, vomiting, difficulty regaining
consciousness or breathing difficulties
2. You've been told that you are not a good candidate for general
anesthesia but you need major surgery. Although music alone would
never be enough, music in addition to anesthesia will result in less
anesthesia needed and a safer procedure.
3. You love music and respond favorably to your favorite relaxing
and calming, comforting music.
4. You are already a fan of complimentary therapies are are not
afraid to ask your doctor about something he may or may not have heard
5. You have at least a week before your procedure to either order
pre=programmed headphones or to choose music for your own iPod or
other MP3 player.
If you choose to use music during your surgical procedure, the
cordless headphones are nice because they cannot get tangled with any
other surgical equipment, they are lightweight and are pre-programmed
with scientifically chosen and tested music for surgery.
Surgery is a frightening prospect for most people. If you knew
there were an easy, effective, and cost-effective solution, wouldn't
you want to try it?