Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS)—Concepts, components, and application to spine surgery

Thomas W. Wainwright, Michael Y. Wang, Tikki Immins, Robert G. Middleton

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This article describes the concept of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) and its application to spine surgery. ERAS is a multimodal approach designed to reduce the surgical stress response and accelerate recovery following surgery. It is a multi-disciplinary, patient-centred approach that employs an evidenced-based pathway of standardised care. It has been proven across a range of surgical pathways but has yet to be defined and adopted in spine surgery. ERAS pathways are needed in spine surgery. Patient recovery is often long, painful, expensive, and a highly variable experience. Consequently, ERAS programs will find great utility in this subspecialty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-110
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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