Who can benefit from enhanced recovery?

Some of the principles of enhanced recovery can be applied to all cases of surgery. However, for some conditions and procedures, specially designed pathways help patients benefit from the principles more effectively.

Types of surgery and conditions where enhanced recovery programmes are currently used include:

  • breast such as removal of a breast because of breast cancer
  • colorectal such as removal of the rectumbecause of bowel cancer
  • gynaecological such asremoval of thewomb (hysterectomy)
  • musculoskeletal such as a hip replacement or knee replacement
  • urological such as removal of the prostate gland (prostatectomy) because of prostate cancer

Some hospitals also offer enhanced recovery programmes following cardiac or thoracic surgery.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018