In response to: Varadhan KK, Neal KR, Dejong CH, Fearon KC, Ljungqvist O, Lobo DN. The enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway for patients undergoing major elective open colorectal surgery: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clin Nutr 29 (2010) 434-440.
Mulitimodal optimization of perioperative care has widely replaced the traditional management of patients undergoing surgery in the various specialties. Issues relating to compliance to the individual ERAS strategies and the importance of recovery of gut function in the post-operative patient are discussed.