Surgeons Must Listen To Their Preferred Music For Better Stitches
"Our study established that listening to the
surgeon's preferred music develops efficiency and quality of wound closure,
which may translate to health care cost savings and better patient
outcomes," said author Dr. Andrew Zhang, UTMB assistant professor of
surgery in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
A recent study approved that music can be heard in the
operating rooms across the world depending on the choice like classical to
rock. Though earlier studies have already shown that listening to music during
operations can actually lower the stress levels of surgeons.
Around Fifteen plastic surgery residents were asked
to close incisions with layered stitches on pigs' feet obtained at a local food
market. Pigs' feet are widely acknowledged as analogous to human skin. The day after
the first incision the people were asked to do added repair using undistinguishable
technique with the music either being turned on or off.
"We recognized that our subjects could
potentially improve on the second repair simply as the result of
repetition," said author Dr. Shelby Lies, the UTMB chief plastic surgery
"This effect was reduced by randomly assigning
the residents to music first or no music first groups."
The average repair accomplishment time for all
residents was 7 percent shorter when their preferred music was playing. This
effect was exaggerated as the experience of the surgeon raised. Playing their
preferred music led to a 10 percent reduction of repair time for senior
"Spending less time in the operating room can
translate into significant cost reductions, particularly when incision closure
is a large portion of the procedure, such as in a tummy tuck," said Lies.
"Longer duration under general anesthesia is
also linked with increased risk of adverse events for the patient."