Music reduces anxiety in patients undergoing eye surgery

Music has always been valued for its curative impact, especially for its stress-busting abilities. Today, researchers are studying the effect of music therapy on patients who are about to undergo a surgery and its use in getting through complex medical conditions.

In a study presented at Euroanaesthesia 2016 in London in May, a team of researchers from the Cochin University Hospital in Paris found that patients undergoing elective eye surgery experienced decreased signs of anxiety and needed less amount of sedatives after they were exposed to relaxing music.

Music can help treat symptoms of depression, anxiety

For the study, the scientists observed 62 patients who were about to undergo an eye surgery. The respondents were classified into two separate groups, with one group being exposed to soothing music for 15 minutes prior to the cataract surgery, while the other group having no access to music. This was done to check if music was able to decrease the level of anxiety among patients who were kept awake during the surgical procedure.

The participants were allowed to choose from 16 different music genres, based on their preferences. The respondents were also required to fill a surgical fear questionnaire (SFQ) both before and after the surgery, which helped the scientists gauge the level of anxiety in the patients before and after the surgery. The researchers also noted the number of patients who received sedative midazolam during the surgery.

The results revealed that the respondents who listened to the music scored 23 out of 100 on the anxiety test and needed lesser number of depressants compared to those who had no access to music and scored 65 out of 100. It was also observed that those exposed to music scored 71 out of 100 on postoperative satisfaction, compared to the non-music group who scored only 55 out of 100.
Thus, the scientists recommend the use of music to treat symptoms of anxiety or depression in patients undergoing elective eye surgery. However, they also intended to verify the use of music in relieving stress and anxiety related to other types of surgeries.

Highlighting the non-invasive and non-pharmacological effect of music, lead author of the study Dr. Gilles Guerrier said, “The objective is to provide music to all patients before eye surgery. We intend to assess the procedure in other types of surgeries, including orthopedics where regional anesthesia is common. Moreover, post-operative pain may be reduced by decreasing pre-operative anxiety, which is another study we intend to perform.”

Road to happy life

While feeling anxious before indulging in some new activity or undergoing a surgery may be considered normal, a heightened level of anxiousness, coupled with incessant worry, can debilitate normal functioning, thereby, hampering growth and development.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work and relationships.”

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