Edited by: Pr. Herve Fernandez
This study evaluates the implementation of an ERAS program in the gynaecological surgery department of Caen University Hospital and its impact on the management of endometrial cancer.
The objective was to show its impact on the length of hospitalization of patients before and after its implementation.
Patients and method
We conducted a retrospective study including all women treated surgically for endometrial cancer at Caen University Hospital between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2021. The ERAS program started in September 2017.
We compared the pre-, intra- and postoperative characteristics of two groups: the first one concerning the period before the implementation of ERAS called « prior ERAS group » and the second one after implementation called « post ERAS group ».
A total of 198 patients were included in our study. 139 patients were included after ERAS implementation. Our study shows that there is a significant reduction in median length of stay between the post ERAS and prior ERAS groups respectively 3 and 4 days (p = 0.004). There was also a reduction of time to resume ambulation (p < 0.001) and re-feeding (p < 0.001) for the post ERAS group compared to the prior ERAS group. Complication rates (p = 0.87) and readmission rates (p = 0.28) were not significant. Overall survival was not significant (p = 0.28).
ERAS is a safe and effective method in the overall management of patients allowing an improvement in the quality of patient care and accelerating recovery to a previous physiological state. Finally, this results in a reduction in the patient's length of stay, without impacting morbidity and readmission rate.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, ERAS, Endometrial Cancer, Laparoscopy, Re-feeding, Ambulation, Postoperative Complications