Urological surgeon consultant Bhaskar Somani says that offering music to patients during minor surgeries can significantly reduce pain and anxiety. Mr. Somani, a leading surgeon at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, came to this conclusion after reviewing data on 1,900 patients across 15 international studies. These patients had had various outpatient procedures.
In his analysis, almost 90 percent of anxiety was reduced among patients who were allowed to listen to music during surgeries. Furthermore, overall satisfaction of the procedure was reported at 53 percent and patients were 40 percent more willing to repeat the operation. The compiled data also revealed that patients who listened to music had higher tolerance for shockwaves, a procedure used in many urological surgeries.