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ASK THE EXPERT BY KELLY CASEY
Traci Hedrick, MD,
Colorectal
Surgeon

WEBSITE

RECOVERY MADE EASIER
Q

Patients used to fast
before surgery. Why is
that no longer a good idea?
A basic premise of the Enhanced
Recovery After Surgery Program is to
keep the patient in a normal physiologic
state right before surgery. This means
avoiding well-meaning, yet misguided,
practices including fasting. You wouldn't
starve prior to running a marathon. So
why do it prior to surgery? Instead, our
patients have a sports drink two hours
before surgery.

Q

Right after surgery, what
can patients do to speed
recovery?
We encourage patients to drink and
eat and get up and walk as soon as possible. We also help them control their
pain without the use of opiates. All of
this helps prevent breathing problems,
reduces the risk of blood clots,
and ensures early return of
digestive function.

Get more of your medical questions answered by listening to
UVA Health System experts. Go to uvahealth.com/radiomd.

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SUMM ER 2017

Traci Hedrick, MD, loves using
her surgical skills to offer a
cure for those facing colorectal cancer and other digestive
conditions. She's thrilled, too,
that her patients can get back
to their lives faster, thanks
to the Enhanced Recovery
After Surgery Program at UVA
Health System. If you need
surgery, you will want to learn
more at uvahealth.com/
aftersurgery.

Q

How else has the Enhanced
Recovery program benefited
people needing surgery?
After we implemented these changes
for those having a colorectal procedure,
we found that our patients were able
to leave the hospital, on average, two
days sooner, and their overall complication rates were reduced by half. We've
seen similar results for those needing
a gynecologic, obstetric or thoracic
procedure. Our patients can download
a smartphone app to get reminders
before and after surgery so they
really become the star player in
their recovery. n

TOP LEFT PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES; OTHERS BY UVA HEALTH SYSTEM

Anyone who has
needed major surgery
knows that it's no walk
in the park. But recovery
doesn't have to be as long
and difficult as it used
to be. That's because
surgeons today know a
few tricks that can make
a big difference. Traci
Hedrick, MD, a colorectal
surgeon at UVA Health
System, tells us more
about the Enhanced
Recovery program.

Back to What
You Love


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