Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) at Massachusetts General Hospital is a patient-centered, evidence-based approach to surgical care that empowers you, the patient, to be a partner in your own care. Because all commonly performed procedures at Mass General set their standards to ERAS, you can be confident that you will receive best-known care before, during and after your procedure.
The ERAS team consists of clinicians involved in your care throughout the entire process, including pre-procedure preparation, the procedure itself, anesthesia, perioperative services, pharmacy, nursing, post-operative care and follow-up.
Each stage of ERAS is tailored to support you in your goals, such as to:
- Minimize pain
- Avoid complications
- Improve recovery after the procedure
- Decrease length of hospital stay
- Allow for earlier return to daily life, such as normal diet and exercise
Patient Education by Procedure
Prior to your procedure, your care team will provide you with instructions, prescriptions and directions for how to pick up your supplies from the Mass General Pharmacy or elsewhere.
Mass General has created a variety of materials to help you prepare for your procedure, ensure better recovery and return to normal life as soon as possible.
Select your procedure below to view the corresponding patient guide:
A colectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the colon.
Mass General teams shares more about how the ERAS program is designed to ensure better preparation and recovery following colorectal procedures. Below, please access these videos in multiple languages:
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
Temporomandibular Joint Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery
Enhanced Recovery Pathways by Procedure
Our surgical, anesthesia and nursing teams have designed and implemented evidence-based, multidisciplinary Enhanced Recovery pathways to improve post-procedure recovery and outcomes for patients.
View our Enhanced Recovery pathways
We are sharing our ERAS pathways as a way to foster collaboration with providers outside of Mass General.
- Cesarean Section (PDF)
- Colectomy (PDF)
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (PDF)
- Cystectomy (PDF)
- Interventional Radiology (PDF)
- Gastrectomy (PDF)
- Hepatectomy (PDF)
- Hysterectomy (PDF)
- Laminectomy (PDF)
- Mastectomy (PDF)
- Pancreatectomy (PDF)
- Thyroidectomy (PDF)
- Temporomandibular Joint Surgery (PDF)
- Weight Loss Surgery (PDF)
A Selection of ERAS Initiatives and Publications
- Maurer L, Moheb M, Cavallo E, Antonelli D, Linov P, Bird S, Faulkner H, del Carmen M, Qadan M, Ferrone C, Kaafarani H, Sisodia R, Ellis D. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Patients are Prescribed Fewer Opioids at Discharge: A Propensity-Score Matched Analysis. Annals of Surgery. 2021 July 2. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000005042
- Ellis D, Agarwala A, Cavallo E, Linov P, Hidrue M, del Carmen M, Sisodia, R. Implementing ERAS: How We Achieved Success Within an Anesthesia Department. BMC Anesthesiol. 2021. doi: 10.1186/s12871-021-01260-6
- Cavallaro P, Fields A, Bleday R, Rubin M, Ricciardi R, Bordeianou L. A Multi-center Analysis of Cumulative Inpatient Opioid Use in Colorectal Surgery Patients. The American Journal of Surgery. 2020 July 2. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.06.038
- Specht M, Sobti N, Rosado N, Tomczyk E, Abbate O, Ellis D, Liao E. High Efficiency Same Day Approach to Breast Reconstruction During the COVID 19 Crisis. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2020 June 19. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-05739-7
- Cavallaro P, Bordeianou L. Implementation of an ERAS Pathway in Colorectal Surgery. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2019. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1676474
Strengthening patient care through measurement & analysis of surgical outcomes and data
The Center for Outcomes and Patient Safety in Surgery (COMPASS) combines clinical collaboration and data to ensure, amongst all surgical and procedural colleagues, the safest, most appropriate and effective and highest quality procedure for every patient, every time.