A Mayo Clinic study has found that patients who had complex gynecologic surgery managed by an enhanced recovery pathway (ERP) had decreased narcotic use, earlier discharge, stable readmission rates, excellent patient satisfaction and cost savings. Patients were eating, drinking and ambulating shortly after surgery.
Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon and lead study author Sean Dowdy, M.D., says, “Patients are much happier when we are able to eliminate the use of unproven and unpleasant interventions such as bowel preparations, caloric restriction, sedating medications and the use of surgical drains. We show that patients undergoing the most complex and invasive operations have the most to gain from this recovery pathway.”
The findings are published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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