Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program

Graphic depicting ERAS procedure that reads: Pre-Surgery  ERAS Nurse Coordinator will provide patient education for pre/post-surgery  Nutrition Plan  Post-Surgery  Early post procedure mobilization  Early allowance of food intake Minimal need for pain medication  Better Outcomes Increased patient satisfaction with care Return home faster  Quicker recovery

What does ERAS stand for?

  • ERAS stands for Enhanced recovery after surgery
  • It is a program that has been shown to reduce patient’s hospital stay along with decrease the amount of opioids used post-operatively
  • It has been used for a number of different cases including: colorectal and bowel procedures, nephrectomies, total joints, prostatectomies, and even gynecological services
  • Programs are initiated at MUSC and Roper St. Francis in Charleston and Palmetto Richland

The goal of ERAS is to reduce patient's time spent in the hospital, reduce pain, and give patients better outcomes.

Which patients utilize the ERAS program?

Hernia Repairs
Exploratory Laparotomies
Total Knees
Total Hips
Radial Head Resections and Implants
Vascular Bypasses
Carotid Endartarectomies
Triple A’s

Vein Stripping
Total Abdominal Hysterectomies
Laparoscopic Hysterectomies
Plus many more