• World Journal of Surgery is now the official publication of the ERAS Society

    The ERAS Society is delighted to announce that the World Journal of Surgery (WJS) has become the official journal for society.  This new relationship, and the mission of the ERAS Society very much fits the mission of the WJS, which is to promote innovation and......

  • Professor Kenneth Fearon Memorial Cancer Cachexia Symposium

    On the 6-7th September 2018, the Professor Kenneth Fearon Memorial Cancer Cachexia Symposium will be held at Edinburgh University. As well as being a pioneer in the field of ERAS, Prof Fearon was as a leading light in the field of cancer cachexia, with over 170......

  • New delphi study from ERAS experts – a consensus on training and implementation of ERAS

    Congratulations to Prof Nader Francis and colleagues on their recently published Delphi study looking to provide a consensus on training and implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. Effective ERAS training courses must cover the evidence-based principles of ERAS with team-oriented training, and successful implementation of ERAS......

  • Report on the 6th ERAS® World Congress

    The 6th ERAS® Society World Congress was held at the Clarion Sign Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden, from the 23rd – 25th May 2018.  Enjoying beautiful spring sunshine, the Congress was our most successful to date. The international standing of the Society was confirmed attracting 585 delegates......

  • ERAS World Congress abstracts now published in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN

    Congratulations to all those who are presenting papers at the 6th ERAS World Congress in Stockholm. Your papers have now been published in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. Click here to view online...

  • Live Urological Surgery Symposium hosted by Dr Yannick Cerantola

    Dr Yannick Cerantola (Urologist and Chairman of the ERAS Urology Chapter) and his team are organising a live surgery symposium on Monday 28th May 2018, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The aim of this masterclass is to demonstrate how the application of ERAS protocols, deep neuromuscular blockade......

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).