Enhanced Recovery Programs for Surgery

The McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) surgical team is already leading the way nationally in terms of minimally invasive surgery. By creating a dedicated Centre for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, we will take the next step in improving the health and recovery of our surgical patients by reducing post-surgery complications as well as the overall time spent in the hospital. Our goal is to have patients back on their feet and returning to normal as soon as possible – ERAS can help us do that.

Dr. Gerald M. Fried

Surgeon in Chief, MUHC

The Challenge

Despite incredible advancements, surgery is still an invasive procedure and it has a “cost” for patients, which can be physical, psychological, or emotional. These effects can be detrimental to a patient’s already fragile health, as they can experience increased pain, a risk of post-operative complications, and an extended length of stay in hospital. All of these factors can severely influence their recovery time.

The Solution

The MUHC is working to change the way in which patients prepare before surgery and recover post-surgery through the implementation of innovative Enhanced Recovery Programs (ERPs) for surgery. This more holistic approach cares for patients throughout the entire cycle of perioperative care, which includes: the initial visit with the surgical team (pre-operative), surgery and anesthesia (intra-operative), and discharge (post-operative). ERPs protocols help the surgery team map out a comprehensive “healthcare plan” for the medical team and the patient, breaking down the medical silos of expertise that might dramatically impact the surgical outcome.

ERPs have already been implemented within several MUHC surgical specialties, and many patient benefits have been demonstrated including: decreased post-surgery complications, a quicker return to work and social activities, improved satisfaction, and a reduction in the number of return visits to the emergency room.

The MUHC is planning to implement ERPs across the entire MUHC surgical mission and this innovative model will deliver best practices in recovery for all surgical patients. To make this Centre a reality, the MUHC must:

  • Reduce surgical recovery times and post-operative hospital re-admissions
  • Invest in pre-operative support that will focus on patient education and health before surgery – optimizing psychological, nutritional and physical factors important to the overall health of the patient and leading to improved outcomes
  • Define and extend ORAS best practice protocols more widely across all surgical programs at the MUHC, creating new standards of care
  • Create additional efficiencies, increase capacity and significantly reduce the cost of surgery at the MUHC

How you can help

We are raising $3.5 million to help support the creation of the Centre for Optimal Recovery After Surgery at the MUHC.

For more information, please contact Julie Quenneville, President, 514-934-1934, ext. 35938 or julie.quenneville@muhc.mcgill.ca.

You can donate online, download our donation form or call us at 514-843-1543.

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