The 6th ERAS World Congress - Stockholm - 23-25 May 2018


On behalf of the ERAS® Society and the colleagues in the organizing committees from the Swedish ERAS® Society, we have the pleasure to invite you to the 6th ERAS® World Congress on May 23-25 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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The details of the The Scientific Programme, Pre-Congress Educational Course, and Specialty Meetings are now available.

For more information visit the conference programme page


Abstract submission is now closed.

Notifications to submitters: End of February 2018

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Registration and accommodation booking is now open. Book now to get the early bird rates!

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Sweden’s capital city spreads out over 14 islands in Lake Mälaren and looks out proudly to the Baltic Sea to the east, through the Stockholm archipelago.

For more information visit our Stockholm page


If you would like to provide support or to exhibit at the Congress please visit our Support and Exhibition page.

Support and Exhibition

  • TED Beacon Street Interview with Olle Ljungqvist

    In this interview, filmed after his TEDx talk, Prof Olle Ljungqvist explains ERAS, and highlights the importance of multi-disciplinary teams working together. Please share with your colleagues.    ...

  • ERAS® Society Website Newsletter

    March 2018 With just over 2 months to go before the 6th ERAS ® Society Congress in Stockholm, excitement is rising as delegates, speakers, organisers and sponsors prepare for what promises to be a wonderful occasion in one of the world’s most picturesque cities. If......

  • ERAS Society USA Chapter 2nd Annual Congress – Call for Abstracts

    The ERAS Society USA Chapter 2nd Annual Congress will be held November 8-10, 2018 at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans. The ERAS USA Program Committee is now accepting abstracts related to all aspects of enhanced recovery for consideration on the 2nd Annual Congress program. The......

  • 2nd Prehabilitation World Conference, 27-29 June 2018, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

    The ERAS Society is pleased to support our colleagues hosting the 2nd Prehabilitation World Conference, which will be held June 27th-29th 2018 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The conference will be very relevant for those interested in ERAS, with worldwide experts in prehabilitation, training, nutrition, mental......

  • Prof Olle Ljungqvist “Improving Surgery By Talking To Each Other” TED talk

    In his talk Prof Ljungqvist explains Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). The talk describes the transformative results from all over the world. Please promote and share within your networks.  ...

  • ERAS Society at the IHPBA 2018 Congress, 4-7 September 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

    The ERAS Society is delighted to be a Partner Society at this years IHPBA Congress in Geneva. Prof Nicolas Demartines and Prof Olle Ljungqvist will lead a session on ERAS at the Congress. You can find out more details such as the programme, important deadlines, and......

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

ERAS is a multimodal perioperative care pathway designed to achieve early recovery for patients undergoing major surgery.

ERAS represents a paradigm shift in perioperative care in two ways.  First, it re-examines traditional practices, replacing them with evidence-based best practices when necessary. Second, it is comprehensive in its scope, covering all areas of the patient”s journey through the surgical process.

The key factors that keep patients in the hospital after surgery include the need for parenteral analgesia, the need for intravenous fluids secondary to gut dysfunction, bed rest caused by lack of mobility.

The central elements of the ERAS pathway address these key factors, helping to clarify how they interact to affect patient recovery. In addition, the ERAS pathway provides guidance to all involved in perioperative care, helping them to work as a well-coordinated team to provide the best care.

Reduce care time by more than 30%

A recent study shows that ERAS programs allow patients to recover much faster after their operation and this reduces the need for hospital stay by about 30% or more than 2 days after major abdominal surgery. Despite earlier discharge from the hospital, readmissions did not increase (Greco et al. World Journal of Surgery 2014 38:1531-1541).

Reduce complications by up to 50%

ERAS reduce major complications after abdominal surgery by as much as 40%. In particular non-cardiac complications, such as those from the lungs and cardiovascular systems are markedly reduced (Greco et al. World Journal of Surgery 2014 38:1531-1541).