Successful Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery in a Single-Surgeon Bariatric Practice

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Abstract

The feasibility and safety of unselectively applying an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol in a low-volume bariatric unit were determined. Retrospectively, review patients undergoing bariatric surgeries between 2015 and 2018 were included, and those receiving non-primary procedures or with BMI <32.5 kg/m2 were excluded. Demographics and 30-day outcomes were collected and compared between the ERAS (2017-2018) and control (2015-2016) groups. 62 (40.8%) were treated before and 90 (59.2%) were treated after ERAS. No differences in baseline demographics, except ERAS group had more Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures (58.9% vs. 12.9%). A markedly reduced operation time (101 min vs. 147 min) and shortened length of stay (2.6 days vs. 3.3 days) were observed with no increment of ER visits, readmissions (1.1% vs. 4.8%), or total complications between the groups (5.5% vs. 9.7%). Unselective ERAS implementation in low-volume units is feasible and safe, with significantly reduced operation times and shortened LOS without increased complications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Surgeon
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • bariatric
  • enhanced recovery
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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