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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is an approach to patient care before, during and after surgery, all over the world. ERAS programs have been used in many countries for over 20 years. The main focus is to reduce problems after surgery and help speed recovery. This lets patients return home sooner and get back to the activities they enjoy doing. 
ERAS involves the patient and many staff at the hospital. Everyone must work together to help each patient get home quickly and safely.
As a patient, you play a big part in your recovery. It is important to follow the instructions given to you by the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff. Right after your surgery it is important to get up and walk every day, eat healthy, drink fluids and do your exercises.
ERAS Pilot Project
Eastern Health started an ERAS program at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital on March 1, 2016 for patients having bowel surgery. The pilot results show that patients were having fewer problems after surgery; they were going home sooner; and did not need to return to hospital. 
Eastern Health’s goal is to expand ERAS for selected major surgeries across the eastern region over the next year. ERAS will help many patients recover faster from surgery, helping them return to their activities of daily living. 
Preparing for Surgery - Before and After Guidelines (Video) 
Bowel Surgery
If you are having bowel surgery soon, please visit the links below to get prepared for your procedure.
Lung Surgery
If you are having lung surgery soon, please visit the links below to get prepared for your procedure.
Contact Us
If you have any questions regarding Eastern Health’s Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program, please contact the program coordinator at (709) 777-5659 or via e-mail at


Updated May 25, 2017