A new approach which aims to speed up recovery after major surgery is being introduced by NHS Forth Valley as part of a National Programme by the Scottish Government. The Enhanced Recovery
After Surgery (ERAS) programme is being used in a number of specialities including; colorectal, urology and gynaecology, and could lead to patients being allowed back to their own home sooner following an operation.
The programme encourages people to be active in their own recovery process. Pre-op assessments identify and address risk before surgery. Prior to a major operation, patients will be given high carbohydrate drinks. This has a positive effect on hydration as well as post-operative metabolism, recovery and comfort.
Wounds will be kept as small as possible to promote quicker and more effective healing. Following surgery, patients will again receive a high carbohydrate drink and begin eating a normal diet as soon as possible.
ERAS Clinical Lead, Mr Aijaz Jabbar, said: "There are key factors in this programme which differ from the traditional surgical approach. All are designed to help patients get back on their feet more quickly. If someone has an operation in the morning we will be encouraging them to be mobile within a few hours, as this decreases the risk of post-op complications. Our ultimate aim is to help people recover sooner so that life can return to normal as quickly as possible."
The new system has been introduced in colorectal surgery, urology and gynaecology and staff are looking to extend this in to other surgical areas in the coming months.
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