Recover Better From Surgery With Music

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Mozart, Beyonce or Common: Whatever your taste, music may help you recover from a surgery, according to a new review of data on the subject.

“More than 51 million operations are performed every year in the U.S.,” lead author Dr. Catherine Meads, of Brunel University in the United Kingdom, said in a news release from The Lancet, which published the findings Aug. 12.

“Music is a non-invasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery,” she said. “Patients should be allowed to choose the type of music they would like to hear to maximize the benefit to their well-being.”

The only caveat: “Care needs to be taken that music does not interfere with the medical team’s communication,” Meads said.