Mindfulness Meditation for Spine Surgery Pain

ID#: NCT02104349

Age: 18 - 80 years

Gender: All

Healthy Subjects: No

Study Phase: N/A

Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Start Date: February 01, 2014

End Date: July 01, 2018

Contact Information:
Charlotte Hawks
Arthur Jenkins III, MD
Summary: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of mindfulness meditation technique on post-operative pain of spine surgery subjects. Subjects will participate in a 6-week mindfulness meditation program, beginning two weeks prior to spine surgery. The investigators are interested in determining if this intervention improves the ability to tolerate pain and reduces anxiety, thus reducing the need for prescribed analgesics and narcotics. The meditation intervention will be compared against a control group consisting of subjects that will undergo music therapy during the same period of time.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients that will undergo spine surgery including: single level lumbar fusion, posterior cervical laminectomy fusion, cervical laminaplasty

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients with scheduling conflicts that will render them unable to follow the weekly mindfulness mediation instruction.

- Patients with depression (established during the screening questionnaire)