Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery: Heal Faster, Save Money
Surgery is the great tool of modern medicine. In the case of bariatric surgeons, they are able to alter the anatomy of the stomach to facilitate patient weight loss. In turn, patients see a dramatic improvement of their comorbidities, like sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes, and generally live more active, healthier lives.
However, surgery has one drawback: the recovery period.
Patients need time post-surgery to heal form their procedures. It can be frustrating not to be able to return to your routine as soon as possible.
We at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA recognize this concern. It’s why we are one of the first practices to offer the Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery (ERABS) Protocol.
What Is ERABS?
Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery is a protocol designed to enhance the patient experience. Its main goals include:
- Reducing patient physical stress
- Expedite the return of regular bodily functions
- Reduce the length of hospital stays post-surgery
We add checkpoints to each stage of recovery to ensure the best course of action is taken and that our patients are recovering optimally.
Before surgery, we take steps to ensure the patient is in the optimal state for bariatric surgery:
- we provide counseling before surgery
- the required time for fasting is reduced
- additional medications are administered to make the surgery easier on the patient’s body
Post-surgery, patients begin nutrition and mobilization regimens earlier than they would otherwise. The first step for ERABS after surgery is to ensure the patient is capable of drinking (and tolerating) 1 liter of fluid every day.
This additional care helps patients recover faster and return to their daily lives in no time.
What Are the Benefits of ERABS?
The main benefit of Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery is exactly how it sounds: a quicker healing process.
If deemed healthy and with a supportive household, you will return to your daily life sooner.
ERABS has benefits during the surgery as well.
The ERABS Protocol allows for less fasting, as well as fewer preoperative and intraoperative medications. These additions decrease time under anesthetic and reduce pain post-surgery.
In addition to health benefits, ERABS saves you money.
When patients recover sooner, they spend less time in the hospital. This, in turn, leads to a decrease in healthcare costs!
Why Choose Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics?
At Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics, we are constantly striving to ensure we provide only the best for our patients. That’s why we are one of the first and only practices to provide Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery.
We already provide the best in bariatric medicine, including
- Vertical sleeve gastrectomy
- Gastric bypass
- Gastric balloons
- Adolescent bariatric surgery
The ERABS Protocol coupled with our team of highly skilled surgeons will bring our patients only the best in bariatric medicine.
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