Music can ease post-surgery recovery

9 January 2015

Listening to their favourite artist could help young patients recover quicker after surgery, a new study has claimed.

The research from Northwestern Medicine found that children between the ages of nine and 14 could benefit from just 30 minutes of music. Each patient was asked to pick from a playlist of multiple music genres and short audio books.

Published in Pediatric Surgery, the study saw around 60 children given pain evaluations before and after receiving audio therapy, based on factors such as facial expression and general mood. It found that patients who were allowed to pick their own music or stories experienced a significant reduction in pain.

This is an important finding as opioid analgesics, commonly used to control pain after surgery, are often limited in young patients as they can cause breathing problems. 

"Audio therapy is an exciting opportunity and should be considered by hospitals as an important strategy to minimise pain in children undergoing major surgery," said study senior author Dr Santhanam Suresh, professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Posted by ​Jeanette Royston​


Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...


General Surgery

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)