Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) helps patients, caregivers and care providers plan and prepare for surgery together. The plan and preparation help the patient 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 at the forefront of your surgical care to help you feel better faster, reduce complications after surgery and have a shorter hospital stay.
Who is part of ERAS
Confirm with your surgeon if the surgery you are having is under the ERAS program. If so, you, your family or caregivers and everyone in your health-care team are part of the ERAS process.
Your role in ERAS
- Read the ERAS education booklet before your surgery (at the bottom of this page). Have this booklet for your pre-admission clinic appointment, during your hospital stay and when you visit your family doctor.
- Follow the clear juice instructions.
- Bring sugar-free chewing gum to the hospital on the day of surgery. This will help "wake up " your digestive system.
The health-care team will care for you during surgery using the ERAS care guidelines.
- Eat and drink as soon as you and your healthcare team feel safe.
- Sit in a chair as soon as you and your healthcare team feel safe.
- Walk to the bathroom and hallway as soon as you and your healthcare team feel safe.
Surgery education booklets
These booklets can help you understand your surgery and give you information to help plan for your recovery. The booklets include detailed information about pain and post-operative nausea management.
- ERAS: Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery
- ERAS: Colon Surgery
- Also available in Simplified Chinese
- ERAS Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) Surgery
- ERAS: Gynecologic Oncology Surgery
- ERAS: Gynecologic Surgery
- Before, during and after hip and knee replacement surgery: a patient's guide
- ERAS Hip Replacement Surgery discharge instruction
- ERAS: Kidney and/or Ureter Surgery
- ERAS: Liver Surgery
- ERAS: Lymph Node Removal for Testicular Cancer
- ERAS: Metoidioplasty
- ERAS: Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
- ERAS: Pancreas Surgery
- ERAS: Phalloplasty
- ERAS: Radical Cystectomy
- ERAS: Spine Surgery (Thoraco-Lumbar Fusion and/or Revision)
- ERAS: Stomach Surgery (Gastrectomy)
- ERAS: Vaginoplasty
- ERAS Vulvoplasty
For all other Patient Health Education Materials available from VCH, visit: Patient Health Education Materials (PHEM) online resource catalogue.
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