Vanderbilt adopts ERAS program for spine


Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center launched an enhanced recovery after surgery pathway for spine patients at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Belle Meade Surgery Center.

The Nashville-based surgery center will add protocols to help patients recover faster, leave the facility sooner and have fewer side effects from pain management, according to an April 16 news release. The ERAS program was developed by the Department of Neurological Surgery, the Division of Spine Surgery and the Department of Anesthesiology.

The spine ERAS pathway team includes Scott Zuckerman, MD, Julian Lugo-Pico, MD, and Raymond Gardocki, MD.

VUMC began implementing ERAS in 2024 for other specialities including colorectal surgery, gynecological surgery, C-section, hip/femur fractures, cystectomy, surgical weight loss, complex hernia repair and total joint replacement.

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