In a survey of 77 post-ERAS implementation patients conducted during postoperative nursing calls, 86.7%, 89.6%, and 93.5% reported very good or excellent pain control, surgery preparedness, and overall surgical experience, respectively, and 90% said they did not recall experiencing postoperative nausea during recovery, she added.
In a poster presented at the meeting, Dr. Carter-Brooks further noted that there was a 69% reduction in overall opioid use in the patients who underwent surgery after ERAS implementation, as well as a doubling in the median number of preemptive antiemetic doses (4 vs. 2) and a significant reduction in the percentage of patients receiving a rescue antiemetic after implementation (21.6% vs. 13.6%).
Patients included in the study were women with a mean age of 65.5 years and mean body mass index of 28.2 kg/m2. The most common preoperative diagnosis (in 93.8% of patients) was prolapse. Apical suspension procedures performed were transvaginal in 58 cases, laparoscopic or robotic in 112, and obliterative in 61. Most patients had a hysterectomy, including 83 laparoscopic or robotic, 64 transvaginal, and 1 combined procedure. Demographic and surgical procedures did not differ significantly in the pre- and post-ERAS groups, Dr. Carter-Brooks noted.
Surgeries were performed by seven different surgeons either before ERAS implementation (Jan. 1 to June 30, 2016) or after implementation (Feb. 2 to July 31, 2017).