We know that surgery can be a big step in your health journey. And recovery after surgery can seem like a long, hard road back to normal. But we can make your journey quicker and easier by using Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS).
This special plan reduces stress on your body during and after surgery. Our goal is to get you back on your feet and back to your life as soon as possible. With ERAS, you’ll:
- Heal faster
- Need fewer medicines
- Get home sooner
- Have fewer problems during recovery
- Return to normal activities sooner
- Feel better overall
ERAS isn't just about a faster recovery. It also helps reduce issues and infections after surgery.
ERAS helps by giving you education and support through 4 stages:
- Getting ready for surgery
- During your surgery
- A pain relief plan
- Recovery at home
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery at UVA Health: Your Role
ERAS is a science-based plan for a quick recovery. Our whole team works together with you on this plan. That way, you know what to do and when to do it. It’s important that you follow the plan as outlined by your care team.
With ERAS, you’ll play an important role. By making you an active part of your own prep and recovery, you’ll get back to your normal life that much quicker.
Getting Ready for Surgery
ERAS starts before your surgery. You’ll need to make sure you're as healthy as possible going into surgery. We’ll give you instructions and support to make sure you’re:
- Eating right
- Stopping smoking
During Your Surgery
While in the operation room, our skilled surgery teams use special training and techniques to keep the stress on your body down.
This helps reduce pain afterward. You’ll also have fewer problems with bleeding or other issues.
Recovery After Surgery
Once your surgery is over, your recovery plan includes:
- Medicines to keep you safe
- A plan to get you out of bed and moving quickly
- A guide for eating and drinking safely
Your care plan continues when you get home. Eating right, taking your medicine, and watching yourself for any issues will help you get back to normal that much faster.
If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming surgery or the ERAS plan, don't hesitate to talk to your care team. We're here for you every step of the way.