No. 8 Medical Innovation for 2018: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (Video)

New protocol speeds recovery, reduces complications

For decades, the pre- and post-surgery routine has been standard for nearly all procedures: No eating before surgery; use pain medications for comfort; and stay in bed during recovery. However, due to increasing hospital readmissions and a surging opioid epidemic, innovators are overhauling post-surgery strategies — and delivering impressive results, including ultra-low readmission rates.

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Recent research indicates that an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol — which permits patients to eat before surgery, limits opioids by prescribing alternate medications, and encourages regular walking — reduces complication rates and speeds recovery. It can reduce blood clots, nausea, infection, muscle atrophy, hospital stay and more.

In this video, learn more about why ERAS is one of Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018