Below we examine the linked history of music and surgery and explore the benefit of tunes for surgeons in the operating theatre.
The history of music and healing
As far back as the ancient Greeks, music has been intertwined with health and healing, with Apollo identified as the father of both healing and harmony. 1
The British Medical Journal goes on to say, more recently, research has shown beneficial calming and even pain-relieving effects of music for patients during surgery.1
Is music really played in theatre? And what are the benefits?
Yes, and frequently; Studies conclude that music is played 62-72% of the time in theatre, and most often chosen by the consultant surgeon. 1
The benefits include:
What's your playlist?
It is essential to choose the music you and the team enjoy, don't find distracting and motivates or calms you during theatre. Some popular tunes, according to Spotify, include:
Whatever your choice, many find music calming when things get heated while motivational when you need to up the pace.