Consensus review of optimal perioperative care in colorectal surgery: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Group recommendations

Arch Surg. 2009 Oct;144(10):961-9. doi: 10.1001/archsurg.2009.170.


Objectives: To describe a consensus review of optimal perioperative care in colorectal surgery and to provide consensus recommendations for each item of an evidence-based protocol for optimal perioperative care.

Data sources: For every item of the perioperative treatment pathway, available English-language literature has been examined.

Study selection: Particular attention was paid to meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and systematic reviews.

Data extraction: A consensus recommendation for each protocol item was reached after critical appraisal of the literature by the group.

Data synthesis: For most protocol items, recommendations are based on good-quality trials or meta-analyses of such trials.

Conclusions: The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Group presents a comprehensive evidence-based consensus review of perioperative care for colorectal surgery. It is based on the evidence available for each element of the multimodal perioperative care pathway.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols*
  • Colon / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Perioperative Care*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Rectum / surgery*