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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Enhanced recovery helps patients and care providers plan and prepare for surgery together. By taking an active role in your surgery and recovery process, you can heal faster, safer and easier. 

ERAS is an evidence supported care pathway that has instructions about eating and drinking, physical activity and controlling your pain and nausea. ERAS aims to put YOU, the person having surgery, at the forefront of care to help you feel better faster, reduce complications after surgery and have a shorter hospital stay.

  • First and foremost- YOU!

  • Your family

  • Everyone on the health care team

* Please ask your surgeon if the surgery you are having is under the ERAS program.

The following hospitals have the ERAS program:

  • Vancouver General Hospital

  • UBC Hospital

  • Lions Gate Hospital

  • Richmond Hospital

Before surgery

  • Read the education booklet

  • Follow the clear juice instructions

  • Bring your sugar free chewing gum to the hospital on the day of surgery

During surgery

  • The health care team will take care of you using the ERAS care guidelines

After surgery

  • Eat and drink as soon as you and your healthcare team feel it is safe

  • Sit in a chair as soon as you and your healthcare team feel it is safe

  • Walk to the bathroom and in the hallway as soon as you and your healthcare team feel it is safe

You are the most important part in your recovery.

Watch our videos

Patient Education Video

Find out what happens before, during and after surgery

You can also watch in Cantonese, Mandarin or Punjabi

Patient Experience Video

See the patient perspective on their experience with ERAS

Surgery education booklets

These booklets can help you understand your surgery and give you information to help plan for your recovery.

ERAS: Colon Surgery

ERAS: Liver Surgery

ERAS: Lymph Node Removal for Testicular Cancer

ERAS: Pancreas Surgery

ERAS: Radical Cystectomy

ERAS: Spine Surgery (Thoraco-Lumbar Fusion and/or Revision)

ERAS: Stomach Surgery (Gastrectomy)


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