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Insights from a recent webinar on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

15 May 2024

The recent EUROSPINE webinar, part of the Spine Tuesday series, provided a comprehensive overview of "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)" with insights from three leading experts: Bertrand Debono, a neurosurgeon at the Ile-de-France Dos Center & Center Francilien du Dos in Paris/Versailles, France; Tom Wainwright, a research physiotherapist at University Hospital Dorset; and Guillaume Lonjon, an orthopaedic surgeon at Orthosud Montpellier, France.

The central theme of the webinar was the fundamental objective of ERAS, which is not simply to reduce the length of hospital stays, as commonly misunderstood, but rather to improve patient experience and outcomes. The speakers emphasised that this patient-centred approach is aimed at ensuring a smoother, more comfortable recovery process that enhances overall well-being.

A significant point discussed was the necessity of an interdisciplinary team approach in achieving the goals of ERAS. The speakers stressed that effective ERAS protocols require the collaboration of a diverse group of healthcare professionals, including surgeons, anaesthetists, physiotherapists, and nurses. This team-based strategy is vital for elevating the standards of care and providing comprehensive support to patients throughout their surgical journey.

Patient empowerment emerged as a crucial theme. Patients need to be well informed and proactive in their healthcare by asking pertinent questions and seeking clarity about their treatment options. This understanding enables patients to actively participate in their care and make informed decisions about their health.

Preparation for surgery was another critical focus area. Patients need to know the importance of taking proactive steps to optimise their condition before surgery. Improving dietary habits and quitting smoking were highlighted as significant actions that can greatly enhance surgical outcomes and recovery. Additionally, during and after a hospital stay, patients can actively contribute to the success of the surgical intervention and the overall recovery process. Early mobilisation can play a crucial role in this context.

In summary, the EUROSPINE webinar on ERAS provided valuable insights into a patient-centred approach to spine surgery, emphasising the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and patient empowerment. EUROSPINE continues to play a pivotal role in advancing the field of spine surgery, fostering research, and ensuring that patients are well-informed and actively involved in their treatment decisions.

Written by Patient Line Committee Chair Peter Ferlic.

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