Enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery

By Charles Evans, Consultant Surgeon at CRSC

Colorectal surgery is a complex procedure, often associated with significant pain and long recovery times. However, with the use of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols, patients can experience less pain and a faster recovery. In this article, we’ll look at enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery and what this means for patients.

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is a set of protocols that are designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce recovery time after surgery. These protocols involve a multidisciplinary approach that includes preoperative preparation, intraoperative techniques, and postoperative care.

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Preoperative preparation

Preoperative preparation involves educating patients about the surgery and what to expect during the recovery period. Patients may be asked to stop smoking, increase their physical activity, and follow a special diet before the surgery, which can help to improve their overall health and reduce the risk of complications.

Intraoperative techniques

To enable enhanced recovery, minimally invasive surgical techniques are used. Laparoscopic or robotic surgery reduces the size of the incisions needed to access the organs within the abdomen, and helps minimize tissue damage. This can lead to less pain and a faster recovery compared to traditional open surgery.

Postoperative care

Enhanced postoperative care involves a range of strategies designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce recovery time. These include early mobilization (getting patients out of bed and walking as soon as possible after the surgery), and the use of non-opioid pain medications to manage pain.

Other strategies that may be used as part of an ERAS protocol for colorectal surgery include the use of bowel stimulation techniques, such as chewing gum or drinking coffee, to encourage bowel function after surgery, and the use of nutritional supplements to help improve overall health and reduce the risk of complications.

With the use of an ERAS protocol, patients can experience less pain and a faster recovery time after colorectal surgery. If you are scheduled for colorectal surgery, talk to your healthcare provider about whether an ERAS protocol could be appropriate for you. They’ll be able to look at your individual needs and medical history and help you decide the best course of action for you.

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Email: crsc@hcahealthcare.co.uk

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