Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

The RAAC or Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, is a set of steps that occur before, during and after surgery to allow you to reduce your clinical length of stay and regain your independence and your normal activities as soon as possible

Your involvement is the key to your success, and beyond the expertise of your surgeon, you are the one who plays the most important role, so you must prepare yourself mentally and physically.

A person from your entourage must also be able to accompany you from your pre-operative preparation to your convalescence.

A multidisciplinary team surrounds you, its composition is enlarged and goes beyond the surgeon-anesthesiologist binomial by associating nurses, physiotherapists, etc. It is inseparable from this process.

In addition to decreasing the risk of postoperative complications, the immediate perceptible benefits of RAAC are a shorter stay, thus reducing the risk of contracting a nosocomial infection and a quick return to autonomy

They are made possible by the evolution of medical and para-medical practices :

  • Less invasive and faster surgical techniques
  • Anesthesia Protocols
  • Management of pain
  • Rehabilitation Protocols

THE PRINCIPLE IN 3 STEPS

BEFORE THE INTERVENTION

When you have decided on the date of surgery with your surgeon, he will give you physical preparation instructions and tips to organize your return home.

  • Read the procedures
  • Commit to active participation
  • Follow the prescriptions of your surgeon
  • Organize in advance your return home
    • Plan rehabilitation sessions with your physiotherapist
    • Anticipate some practical details (shopping, cleaning)
    • Plan for someone to come and help you if necessary

DURING THE STAY

During the whole stay you will communicate very regularly with the healthcare team. These exchanges are very important to answer your questions and therefore manage your stress, as well as to evaluate and control your pain
Your surgeon, nurses and physiotherapist will give you important instructions during your stay and for your return home.

  • Follow the instructions to find your mobility
  • Take your pain treatment
  • Report any abnormal events immediately

AFTER THE SURGERY

The nurse will call you after your exit to take news from you. Then, the postoperative check-up visit with your surgeon will be the opportunity to take stock of your recovery. Your physician and your physiotherapist are also involved in this recovery process, quick after surgery to accompany your recovery of activity.

  • Strive to do your daily activities as soon as possible
  • Call your doctor or surgeon whenever necessary