Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Improving Outcomes in Colorectal Surgery

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs are standardized, patient-centered protocols that help guide care before, during, and after surgery. By combining data-backed evidence with a compassionate, holistic approach, ERAS programs have been shown to improve results and shorten hospital stays. 

At Columbia, the Division of Colorectal Surgery’s ERAS program, ReCOVER, has reduced opioid use by 75% and improved patient outcomes and satisfaction, in addition to reducing costs. Colorectal surgeon Deborah Keller, MD explains ReCOVER and how the program helps people every day.