Music can evoke an array of emotions out of the listeners. Some songs can excite one, some can bring sadness, and others can cause one to feel soothed and relaxed. Now, one might ask where this plays into the field of surgery, and before reading this article, I too would ask the same question. This article has shown that music plays actually plays a big role in supporting surgery. The basis of this article is the claim that “ music reduces anxiety, pain for biopsy patients”. This information has been gathered over the span of two years by the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and was published in the September 2016 issue of the AORN Journal.

In summary, researchers let one group of randomized patients listen to music prior to and after their operation, while the other group of randomized patients was prevented from listening to music prior to and after their surgery. The outcome was that the patients who were exposed to music experienced less preoperative anxiety, tending to be not at all anxious for their surgery. What does this all mean to me as a student who is interested in surgery? Well, for starters, a surgery cannot take place without the patient’s consent. The reason most people don’t go through with surgery is because they are afraid and anxious about the outcome. By using music therapy, a patient is less prone to rash decisions made via anxiety and therefore will be more likely to go through with a surgery. However, the benefits of music therapy do not end before the surgery can even start.

It can be interpreted that music can be used in operations as well. As someone who has watched a few surgeries up close, I can say that some surgeons prefer to play music while operating instead of working in silence. Music has the same effect on surgeons that it does on others, and therefore playing music can prevent surgeons and their assistants from tensing up and allow them to work unhindered by anxiety. Music provides a nice background sound to work with in comparison to working in utter silence, which evokes a tone of utmost seriousness. As a surgeon, one of the most important things to keep up is a good relationship with the surrounding staff members, such as nurses, assistants, and anesthesiologists. Working in absolute silence does nothing to strengthen these bonds during surgery, therefore music can be used as a medium to work better with one’s co-workers. However, even after all this, the benefits of music therapy still continue for post-surgery treatment.

While a surgeon’s primary job is to operate on the patients, ultimately they have to check up on how well their patient’s health is progressing post-surgery. The results of this lab have also produced significant results in his very obscure part of being a surgeon. Music therapy is shown to bestow anxiety reduction, pain management, effective education and satisfaction on postoperative patients. This means that many of the problems both surgeons and nurses face, the patient’s anxiety and pain, can most likely be solved by letting the patients listen to music. All-in-all, music therapy seems like a great support to surgery.

I feel that music therapy will change the way people think about surgery. Instead of doubting whether or not one should risk his or her life in a surgery, one can be clear of such thoughts and truly decide whether surgery is the best option for one. Music has always played an important role in the way people feel and I believe that it should be welcomed into the field of surgery.

“New Paper Provides Insights For Music Therapy In Surgical Area”. Medical News Today. N. p., 2016. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.


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