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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

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ERAS – What to Expect

Our physicians and surgical staff go to great lengths to help you understand everything related to your surgery, from the procedure to the preparations you’ll need to make and what to expect in the hours and days following your surgery. The program involves preparing your body for surgery, a pain control plan to decrease narcotic use, and early walking, eating and drinking after surgery.

What You Can Do to Optimize Your Surgical Experience

Once you commit to the program, you will begin to focus on optimizing your health before surgery.

Eat clean and healthy

Good nutrition will help recovery. Your main focus is on protein intake before and after surgery as protein provides building blocks for muscles, bones, and the immune system.

Exercise 30 minutes a day in the weeks before surgery

Exercise will build stamina and endurance. You want to be as strong as possible going into surgery.


Drink three high carbohydrate drinks called Ensure Pre-Surgery. You drink two the day before surgery and one the morning of surgery. (This is a required step in the program.)

Benefits of ERAS

ERAS puts you in control of your healthcare and recovery. Your responsibilities are eating, drinking, getting out of bed, and using alternatives to narcotics for pain. Patients who commit to the program see a decrease in unwanted side effects that come with taking narcotics, such as drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and constipation. These interventions will allow you to have a better surgical experience and return to normal function faster.

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