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
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