Enhanced Recovery after Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Procedures with Bowel Surgery: A Systematic Review

Eleftheria Kalogera, Gretchen E. Glaser, Amanika Kumar, Sean C. Dowdy, Carrie L. Langstraat

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Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is an evidence-based approach to perioperative care of the surgical patient. A mounting body of literature in gynecologic surgery has demonstrated that ERAS improves postoperative outcomes, shortens hospital length of stay, and reduces cost without increasing complications or readmissions. Most of the existing literature has concentrated on open surgery, questioning if patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery also derive benefit. Our aim was to systematically review the literature on ERAS after minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) with and without bowel surgery. Given the paucity of studies on ERAS in MIGS with bowel surgery (1 study), we expanded our search to include studies of ERAS in patients undergoing minimally invasive colorectal resections alone. Twelve studies were identified through an electronic database search of PubMed, Medline, and Ovid EMBASE. These studies included patients undergoing MIGS for benign and/or malignant indications and showed that ERAS pathways decreased length of stay and/or increased the proportion of same-day discharge surgeries, improved patient satisfaction, and reduced hospital costs while maintaining low postoperative complication and readmission rates. Although limited, data from a single study suggest that ERAS in MIGS with bowel surgery leads to shortened hospital stay, stable postoperative morbidity, and less readmissions. Although the variation between the published protocols underscores the need for standardization, existing literature supports the adoption of ERAS as safe and effective when planning MIGS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-298
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Bowel surgery
  • Enhanced recovery
  • Enhanced recovery pathway
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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