Soothing surgical patients

Could playing music to patients during surgery impact the amount of pain they feel afterwards?
03 February 2021
Presented by Katie Haylor


An operating theatre team performing surgery


Anyone who’s had surgery knows that recovery is often accompanied by discomfort. But scientists in Germany, writing in the British Medical Journal recently, explain how playing music and soothing words to patients while they are “under” during surgery results in less self reported pain and lower use of painkillers - specifically opioids - afterwards. Katie Haylor spoke to Ernil Hansen from Regensburg University Hospital in Bavaria...


Music from Epidemic Sound -


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