ERAS® is short for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. The ERAS definition refers to a multimodal perioperative care pathway or protocol designed to achieve early recovery for patients undergoing major surgery.
Numerous research reports have shown that employing ERAS as opposed to traditional care has marked effects on recovery. In many events, recovery time can be shortened by 30% or more, and complication rates after the surgery by at least as much.
The ERAS® guidelines are developed by the ERAS® Society, which is an international, professional non-profit organization. It was founded in 2010 with the mission to “develop perioperative care and to improve recovery through research, audit, education, and implementation of evidence-based practice.”