Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is centred on patient
knowledge and involvement, and driven by a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce
the psychological and physiological stress of undergoing surgery. This is
achieved by providing pre-surgery education alongside a revision of traditional
surgical care practice, optimising all aspects such as pain relief, nutrition,
fluid therapy and early mobilisation.
The AERAS group conducts high quality research that informs clinical practice
and medical education both nationally and internationally. The group's goals
comprehensive enhanced-recovery programmes for colorectal surgery and other
types of major surgery, targeting improved clinical outcomes.
perioperative physiology, both mechanistic and therapeutic, in order to improve
postoperative fatigue and recovery, and ways to improve it.
Research-based initiatives to assess and improve ERAS protocols.
international clinical and research collaborations.
National and international education efforts in ERAS care.
Major colorectal surgery is associated with considerable morbidity and a
prolonged recovery process. The Auckland Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Group
has improved clinical outcomes for patients undergoing major colonic resection
through the implementation of optimised perioperative care. The following are a
series of studies which pertain to this endeavour.
perioperative care after colorectal surgery
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Perioperative fluid therapy in major colorectal surgery
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use of statins in elective colorectal surgery
Lead Researcher: Dr Parry Singh
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High vs low urine output targets in surgical patients: a randomised
assessor-blinded clinical trial
Lead Researcher: Dr Jevon Puckett
Fluid therapy is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in
peri-operative care. In current practise, extra fluid is often prescribed to
maintain the traditional urine output of 0.5ml/kg/hr. This trial aims to
question the relevance of this target in elective, healthy patients and to
evaluate the safety of a lower urine output target.
Physical activity in postoperative patients: effects in muscle mass and function
Lead Researcher: Dr Sid Trivedi
Perioperative NSAIDs and anastomotic dehiscence after bowel surgery: a
meta-analysis of randomised trials
Lead Researcher: Dr Tom Burton
The Abdominal Surgery Impact Scale in colorectal surgery: A prospective validation study
against SF-36 Acute
Lead Researcher: Dr Manuel Barberio
Genetic, neural and behavioural predictors of acute postoperative pain after major
Lead Researcher: Dr David Rice
General surgeons are involved in the care of patients suffering from many
different diseases. These clinical situations provide many opportunities to
address a question with a scientific study with the aim of ultimately improving
patient care. This has been
achieved through a number of studies.
Evidence-based general surgery
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The role of rehabilitation in bariatric surgery
Lead Researcher: Dr Daniel Lemanu
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Enhanced recovery after surgery in elective hip and knee arthroplasty
Lead Researcher: Dr
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols of standardised and optimised
patient care surrounding elective surgery have shown to be safe, cost effective
and demonstrate better health outcomes for patients. This study will evaluate
the implementation of an ERAS protocol for elective hip and knee joint
replacement at a surgical centre.
Acute appendicitis is a common surgical disease in children that can progress to
serious intra-abdominal infections. Surgical removal of the infected appendiceal
tissue forms part of the treatment but does not eliminate established infection
in the peritoneal cavity. The following studies look at how to improve clinical
care in acute appendicitis.
For an overview on complicated appendicitis in children: a stepwise approach to
improving patient outcome view the presentation
Starship Children’s Hospital Paediatric Update, 27 March
Determining duration of systemic antibiotic therapy for children with appendicitis-related
This study aims to determine whether a set of clinical criteria can safely guide
the duration of adjuvant broad-spectrum systemic antibiotics for
Warm humid gas insufflation for appendix removal by minimally invasive surgery
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Surgical strategies to manage peritoneal
infection and contamination in children with perforated appendicitis: A
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Morbidity of perforated and gangrenous appendicitis in
children: A five-year retrospective review
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