Minimally invasive surgery and enhanced recovery after surgery: The ideal combination?

J Surg Oncol. 2017 Oct;116(5):613-616. doi: 10.1002/jso.24787. Epub 2017 Oct 29.


Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) and minimally invasive surgery are both in the limelight due to their potential positive effects on surgical outcome. Large randomized trials and meta-analyses validated the use of both, laparoscopy and ERAS protocol, as individual measures. A synergistic effect of both entities might contribute to even better outcomes. This review hence assessed the literature upon up-to-date studies combining both methods.

Keywords: colorectal surgery; enhanced recovery; laparoscopy; metabolic stress response.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / standards
  • Perioperative Care / methods*
  • Perioperative Care / standards
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic