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Undiscovered Secrets of Surgery

Surgery carries undeniable risks with it, no doubt about it. But, the dangers of anesthesia, of cutting, drilling, and using lasers is nearly always overshadowed by the overwhelming benefits of the surgery. Whether something is being removed, repaired or rejuvenated, surgery is a modern-day miracle of science. It's just that when things go wrong, they can go REALLY wrong!

One of he most common "bad reactions" is allergy to the anesthetic or anesthesia. If you're getting something you've never had before, you can't know that you're allergic to it and so bad things can happen. Luckily, today, most anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist, an MD who has gone on to specialize in administering anesthesia. I've been told that they make a lot of money but they also have huge malpractice costs. Of course there are also other potential pitfalls such as too much anesthesia, people have strokes and heart attacks while under anesthesia and the dreaded Intra-Operative Awareness (IOA), where the patient is actually still conscious and can feel everything but can't speak or open their eyes. One of the biggest fears of surgical patients is that they will sustain brain damage.

Mistakes don't happen that often, but they do happen.

What if there were a simple, safe way to avoid many of these pitfalls by significantly decreasing the amount of anesthesia a patient needs in order to stay safe anesthetized? Well, there is! In 2007, nearly a hundred scientific studies from the last decade, document the powerful benefits of music, through headphones, during surgery. When the patient is listening to slow, steady, purely instrumental music through headphones, the music enters the brain directly through the 8th cranial nerve and blocks out any operational room conversation as well as the bleeping and beeping of machines in the OR.

Through the phenomenon of entrainment, the body's biorhythms, (heartbeat and breathing), synchronize with the slow, steady pulse of the music and keep the body relaxed throughout the surgery. My recommendation is that the patient begin listening to the surgery music at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the surgery, and continue the music into the recovery area. There, the music can be more upbeat and include lyrics, if desired by the patient.

For more information please visit my website and blogs. If you'll be having surgery sometime soon, you can call me and have a telephone consultation to find the best music for you. The genre of music doesn't matter so much as long as it is slow, steady and purely instrumental. Best wishes for your successful surgery and rapid recovery.

About Author Dr. Alice Cash: Helping people to use music for Healing and Wellness. Dr. Cash stresses the use of music for health, learning, motivation, relaxation, energy building, or well-being. She is known internationally for her work with music and pregnancy, surgery, addictions, and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Cash can be reached through Healing Music Enterprises. (www.healingmusicenterprises.com)

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