The Enhanced Recovery Programme includes aspects of the preoperative, intra-operative and postoperative care of patients undergoing surgery. Patients on Enhanced Recovery pathways recover more quickly following surgery, and so can leave hospital and get back to normal activities sooner. Enhanced recovery aims to minimise both the physical and emotional stress of major surgery.
The enhanced Recovery Programme involves a coordinated team approach, designed by all members of the multi-disciplinary team. Patients are also encouraged to play a vital role in their own care.
It is essential that:
- The patient is in the best possible condition for surgery
- The patient has the best possible management during and after their operation
- The patient experiences the best possible post-operative rehabilitation