With the aging of the baby boomers, comes the need for replacing our worn-out and achy joints. We Baby boomers have been very hard on our bodies, with jogging, running and aerobics skyrocketing to popularity when we were young and foolish. It was also during many of our teen years that fast-food became extremely popular and McDonald's and Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken on every corner. I remember the birth of TV Dinners and frozen food of all kinds that our mothers thought was just great. Little did we know what we were doing to our bodies.

Now as we hit our late 50's and early 60's, many of us are require hip and knee replacements and no wonder! We're carrying around lots of extra poundage and extra inches around our waists and hips! Our knees are simply not able to support this weight on our trunks, and our hips can not support the massive torsos. Not only that, but with the advent of TV's in every room of the house, we really do not need to move much at all when we return home from sitting behind and desk all day.

Not to sound like the voice of gloom and doom, but this sedentary lifestyle has certainly created a generation of people that are going to need joint replacement surgery. The good news is, most of us love music and we love all kinds of music! Not only the oldies from our youth, but also world music, New Age, Jazz, and even classical. Can you listen to this music during surgery? Absolutely! Medical and nursing journals from around the world are publishing more and more articles about the benefits of music during surgery.

One of the many things about joint replacement surgery that I did not realize was that these surgeries frequently involve sawing, drilling, and hammering! People do wake up from general anesthesia often reporting that they heard these sounds under anesthesia and felt very unnerved by them. What's the solution? Pre-programmed cordless headphones that are now going into surgery every day, around the country. Yes, you can also probably take your own iPod into surgery if you want to create your own surgery playlist, but either way, it's important to let your surgeon and anesthesiologist know that you would like to do this and sometimes show it the research if he does not know about this. The important thing is to take some purely instrumental, slow, steady and soothing music into surgery with you.

The physician will likely have his own preferred music playing and that music will be best for him, but for the patient, having the slow, soothing, steady and purely instrumental music will be an easy way to decrease pain perception and create a calmer and safer , surgical experience.