Scientists: Music Boosts Recovery from Surgery, Reduces Pain

Scientists: Music Boosts Recovery from Surgery, Reduces Pain

(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

London (Live Mint) – Listening to music before, during and after surgery reduces patients’ pain, eases anxiety and lessens the need for painkillers, British scientists said on Thursday.

After reviewing evidence from around 7,000 patients, the scientists said people going for surgery should be allowed to choose the music they’d like to hear to maximise the benefit.

But they also warned that the music should not interfere with the medical team’s communication during an operation.

“Music is a non-invasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery,” said Catherine Meads from Brunel University, who co-led the research.

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