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 open!

Get your abstract submitted before the submission deadline: 31 January 2018, 23:59 CET

For more information visit our Abstract page


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

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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).