Beyond enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS): Evolving minimally invasive colectomy from multi-day admissions to same-day discharge.
American journal of surgery
washington, swedish, covid-19
INTRODUCTION: Early discharge is increasingly important in the resource-limited COVID era. Some groups have reported early experiences with same day discharge (SDD) after colectomy. We implemented a routine SDD protocol and report the evolution in our program's outcomes.
METHODS: We studied a retrospective cohort of robotic colorectal surgeries from 2016 to 2022. Colectomies were analyzed as a sub-group and stratified by year.
RESULTS: The cohort comprised 535 cases, of which 483 were colectomies. Annual case volume increased from 58 to 180 cases (p < 0.001). Operative console time concordantly decreased by 33% (p < 0.001). Average length of stay decreased from five to one days. By 2022, 58% of colectomies were selectively discharged on the same day of surgery. Complication and readmission rates remained constant.
CONCLUSIONS: SDD is feasible and safe in selected patients. We illustrate the practical evolution of a surgical practice toward routine SDD, and discuss the factors we found critical to this transition.
Vu, Michael M; Curfman, Karleigh R; Blair, Gabrielle E; Shah, Chirag A; and Rashidi, Laila, "Beyond enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS): Evolving minimally invasive colectomy from multi-day admissions to same-day discharge." (2023). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 7019.