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What is an ERAS protocol



ERAS, or Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, is a protocol or set of guidelines designed to optimize patient outcomes and minimize complications following surgery. The goal of ERAS is to promote a faster, safer, and more comfortable recovery for patients. Your providers with Austin Neurosurgeons want to optimize your recovery and utilize ERAS protocols derived from peer-reviewed medical associations.


The ERAS protocol typically involves a multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates best practices in surgery, anesthesia, pain management, nutrition, and rehabilitation. Key components of the ERAS protocol may include:

  1. Preoperative optimization: Patients are typically evaluated and optimized for surgery prior to the procedure, including any necessary laboratory tests, imaging studies, and lifestyle changes.

  2. Perioperative care: Best practices in anesthesia, surgery, and pain management are used to minimize trauma to the body and promote a safe and comfortable recovery.

  3. Postoperative care: Patients are typically encouraged to be up and moving as soon as possible after surgery to promote healing and reduce the risk of complications. Pain management, nutrition, and physical therapy may be incorporated into the postoperative care plan.

  4. Continuity of care: Patients are typically monitored closely after surgery to ensure that they are progressing as expected and to make any necessary adjustments to the care plan.

The ERAS protocol has been shown to improve patient outcomes, reduce the length of hospital stays, and minimize complications following surgery. It is important to note that the specifics of the ERAS protocol may vary depending on the type of surgery and the individual's specific needs.

It is important to work closely with your providers at Austin Neurosurgeons to develop an individualized care plan and determine if the ERAS protocol is appropriate for your specific surgical needs.

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