Music playing during minor surgery helped reduce anxiety in patients and improve their healing time, according to a new study from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The hospital’s surgeons calculated the respiratory rates of 96 volunteer and emergency patients, both before and after surgery under local anesthetic.  Half of the patients had operations in a room with music playing, and the other half did not.

The group exposed to music said they were not as anxious and had lower rates of breathing after their operations.

According to the researchers, this is the first study to effectively measure the impact music has on patients during surgery.

"Undergoing surgery can be a stressful experience for patients and finding ways of making them more comfortable should be our goal as clinicians,” said Dr. Hazim Sadideen, one of the lead plastic surgeons on the study.

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