Orthopedic surgery playlists for the busy doctor

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For me, there is a simple truth in life: Music makes life better. Whether it’s music to relax, energize, move your shaky feet or hips, or help you focus, as a longtime musician it’s impossible – and scary, in fact – to imagine life without music.

I listen to music doing just about anything. When I write, my choice of melodies is almost entirely instrumental. When it’s cooking, I go for something that turns the kitchen into a dance hall, and when I look out the window, I play works by artists that inspire and ignite me.

It’s exciting to know that many surgeons also listen to music while working in the operating room, and it got me thinking about the process and the timeline of the surgery.


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As an artist, I approach projects in three segments: preparation, procedure and celebration. I imagine there are many other professions that could do their jobs the same way. After talking to a few doctor friends, I realized that a surgeon could follow a similar path when performing a procedure: adopt the right mindset while placing the patient in a quiet space as well, stay concentrate to focus without distraction, then shake a tail feather when you’re done.

With this structure in mind, I have organized three playlists for orthopedic surgeons. In the first segment, the goal is to calm down and focus while getting rid of distractions. In the second part, the goal is to focus on laser work, keeping all distractions at bay while keeping the focus on achieving a goal. And finally, in the last section, the idea is to take stock of the work and celebrate the accomplishment.

Medical Bag has launched a Spotify channel that will feature a growing library of curated playlists. The playlists – Orthopedic Surgery Chill, Orthopedic Surgery Focus, and Orthopedic Surgery Energize – can be played alone or together, depending on the length of a procedure and the mood of the doctor. This latest of the three playlists could also be a offering of songs to inspire a patient’s speedy recovery in the hopes of getting them rocked as soon as possible.

Hope you enjoy the music curated here and find it useful. I would love to know what music you listen to while you work, so send your favorites, suggestions, or playlists to editor@MedicalBag.com.

—Jack Sonni, writer, musician and foodie, known as “the other guitarist” of Dire Straits


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