Music During Eye Surgery = Less Sedation

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Music During Eye Surgery = Less Sedation
Music During Eye Surgery = Less Sedation

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients' anxiety and their need for sedation, according to a study presented at Euroanaesthesia 2016, held from May 27 to 30 in London.

"Music listening may be considered as an inexpensive, noninvasive, non-pharmacological method to reduce anxiety for patients undergoing elective eye surgery under local anesthesia," lead researcher Gilles Guerrier, M.D., from Cochin University Hospital in Paris, said in a meeting news release.

The study included 62 patients who had outpatient cataract surgery while awake and under local anesthesia. The surgery lasted an average of 15 minutes. Some patients listened to relaxing music through headphones for about 15 minutes before their surgery, while others did not. Those who listened to music could choose from 16 styles, such as jazz, flamenco, Cuban, classical, and piano. Compared with those who did not listen to music, patients in the music group had much lower anxiety scores, received significantly less sedation during surgery, and were much more satisfied after surgery.

"The objective is to provide music to all patients before eye surgery," Guerrier said. "We intend to assess the procedure in other type of surgeries, including orthopedics where regional anesthesia is common. Moreover, postoperative pain may be reduced by decreasing preoperative anxiety, which is another study we intend to perform."

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