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​

 

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