Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols have proven effective in a variety of surgical specialties. Published reports on these pathways within cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology are limited. Invasive aortic valve replacement procedures are increasingly being performed by hybrid groups of interventional cardiologists and surgeons through transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The TAVI patient population is at a higher surgical risk compared with those undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement since they are older, frailer, and have significant co-morbidities which result in an increased risk of perioperative complications. ERAS protocols have the potential to help these patients undergoing TAVI procedures. In conclusion, we propose a TAVI ERAS protocol with a call-to-action for other centers to implement an ERAS protocol to improve hospital and cardiac outcomes.
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