Oxfordshire Oesophageal and Stomach Organisation

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Helping to Improve Your Recovery

Enhanced recovery is a modern, evidence-based approach that helps people recover more quickly after having major surgery. Many hospitals have an enhanced recovery programme in place, and it's now seen as standard practice following surgery.

Enhanced recovery aims to ensure that patients:

Having an operation can be both physically and emotionally stressful. Enhanced recovery programmes try to get you back to full health as quickly as possible.

Research has shown the earlier a person gets out of bed and starts walking after having an operation, the shorter their recovery time will be.

As part of the enhanced recovery programme, you'll be able to play an active role in your care. You'll be able to choose what's best for you throughout your treatment with help and advice from your GP and healthcare team.

Important points to consider before your operation include:

Your GP will give you advice about getting into the best possible shape prior to surgery. They'll also identify and stabilise any health conditions you have that may affect the operation.

At this stage, your GP should ensure you understand all the treatment options available to you, so you can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with surgery.

Your overall experience should be improved due to high-quality care and, where possible, high-quality services, such as keyhole surgery.

Following surgery, you'll also have access to rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy. This will help speed up your recovery and enable you to be discharged from hospital as soon as possible so that you can return to normal life.

Depending on your operation, you may be able to go home sooner than usually expected. It's therefore important to plan and prepare for your return home before you go into hospital.

(NHS Choices)