Enhanced Recovery and Surgical Optimization Protocol for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery: An AAGL White Paper

Rebecca Stone, Erin Carey, Amanda N. Fader, Jocelyn Fitzgerald, Lee Hammons, Alysha Nensi, Amy J. Park, Stephanie Ricci, Rick Rosenfield, Stacey Scheib, Erica Weston

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Abstract

This is the first Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) guideline dedicated to standardizing and optimizing perioperative care for women undergoing minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The guideline was rigorously formulated by an American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Task Force of US and Canadian gynecologic surgeons with special interest and experience in adapting ERAS practices for patients requiring minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. It builds on the 2016 ERAS Society recommendations for perioperative care in gynecologic/oncologic surgery by serving as a more comprehensive reference for minimally invasive endoscopic and vaginal surgery for both benign and malignant gynecologic conditions. For example, the section on preoperative optimization provides more specific recommendations derived from the ambulatory surgery and anesthesia literature for the management of anemia, hyperglycemia, and obstructive sleep apnea. Recommendations pertaining to multimodal analgesia account for the recent Food and Drug Administration warnings about respiratory depression from gabapentinoids. The guideline focuses on workflows important to high-value care in minimally invasive surgery, such as same-day discharge, and tackles controversial issues in minimally invasive surgery, such as thromboprophylaxis. In these ways, the guideline supports the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and our collective mission to elevate the quality and safety of healthcare for women through excellence in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-203
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Enhanced recovery
  • Gynecologic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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