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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. Over the past 20 years, ERAS programs have been started in hospitals all over the world. One main focus of ERAS is to standardize the care that is provided and ensure that clinical decisions are based on evidence. This helps to reduce problems after surgery and speed recovery. Evidence shows that when hospitals follow ERAS programs, patients return home sooner and get back to the activities they enjoy doing. 
ERAS programs recognize that patients are a very important part of the care team. Patients must work together with the doctors, nurses and other health-care providers to make decisions about their care plan. As a patient, you play a big role in your recovery. To get home quickly and safely after surgery, it is important to follow the instructions given to you by hospital staff. Right after your surgery you must get up and walk every day, eat healthy foods, drink lots of fluids and do your exercises. 
ERAS Program at Eastern Health 
Eastern Health started an ERAS program at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital on March 1, 2016 for patients having bowel surgery. Results showed that patients under ERAS have less complications after bowel surgery and go home sooner. Because of this success, the ERAS program has expanded to other surgeries: lung, joint replacement, and head and neck surgery. The program expansion will help many patients recover from their surgeries faster, and get back to the activities they enjoy.  
ERAS Patient and Family Advisory Council
The ERAS program at Eastern Health follows a client- and family-centred care approach, and is guided by its Patient and Family Advisory Council
A team of patient and family advisors, doctors and other health-care providers was formed to create a standard care plan with recommendations on how to care for patients before, during and after bowel surgery. The team also created educational materials for patients about their surgery. 
Preparing for Surgery - Before and After Guidelines (Video) 
If you are having bowel, lung, joint replacement, or head and neck surgery soon, please click the links below for more information about how you get ready for and recover from your surgery. 
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.
Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
Head and Neck Surgery : Free Flap Reconstruction
Contact Us
If you have any questions regarding Eastern Health’s Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program, please contact the program coordinator at (709) 777-5659 or via e-mail at


Updated Feb 28, 2018