A new study from The Lancet, a medical journal, found that music given to patients before, during or after surgery can decrease anxiety and patients to have less postoperative pain. The study found its data from a group of patients who randomized to either receive music, no music, or white noise (not Taylor Swift but static noise). The patients who received music had less pain and increased patient satisfaction. Interestingly enough, it did not matter when patients had music, either before, during or after a procedure. Even in patients under general anesthesia, patients who had music playing had better outcomes. The trial did not specify what type of music was beneficial to the patients.
How does Dr. Shah Use Music In His Practice?
1. Filler and Botox Patients
Patients often have music playing in the background to help create a relaxed environment. A relaxed environment can mean different things for different patients as some patients prefer more relaxed jazz type music while other patients like more upbeat music.
2. In-Office Procedures
Patients can select the type of music they want and it will play both before, during, and after the procedure. Often times, patient are asked to pick an artist and the staff will play a radio station (either via Pandora, Spotify, etc) based on that song. Occasionally this has led to explicit music playing such as Lil Wayne in the lobby. However, patients do tend to relax when they can control the music and identify music they know has been our experience.
3. Operative Procedures
The vast majority of patients in the surgical centers and hospitals where Dr. Shah operates are under general anesthesia. During these circumstances, music is played throughout. Often times, Dr. Shah will listen to either his playlist (see his list on Spotify) or other staff will play music. Music playing in the operating theater tends to relax patients prior to anesthesia as well as when waking from anesthesia.