Article Abstract

VATS Group ERAS Registry

Authors: Jacopo Vannucci, Stefano Costi, Alberto Matricardi, Elisa Scarnecchia, Andrea Droghetti


Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is a multimodal, polyhedral approach to surgical management for patients undergoing surgical therapy. Since ERAS is not a specific procedure, these protocols are not exclusively created for particular clinical settings but they are prone to be adapted to a large variety of healthcare programs after surgery. ERAS Society was the platform in which a new multidisciplinary methodology to promote a fast recovery, a considerable patient involvement and resource optimization has been developed. ERAS Society has also produced guidelines for different surgical specialties and has already generated some evidence regarding preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative practice. ERAS in Thoracic Surgery has had a slow-growing development but some hints suggest that introducing ERAS methodology in pulmonary resections for cancer could be feasible and effective with potential tangible benefits for patients, families, caregivers and welfare. There is no evidence yet concerning ERAS principles in Thoracic Surgery; for this reason, a new possibility for prospective data collection and analysis is created using the VATS Group Web Registry in which additional records, documents and facts have now the possibility to be registered and eventually explored to possibly adjust the ERAS protocols to major pulmonary resections.