If you are coming into hospital for major bowel surgery
the colorectal enhanced recovery programme aims to get you back to
full health as soon as possible following your operation. Mr Rajeev
Kushwaha is the Consultant Surgeon who led this initiative in
colorectal surgery and is the Trust Lead for Enhanced
Before your procedure
You will be seen in pre-operative assessment by a specialist
nurse who will give you information about your operation and tell
you how you should expect to feel afterwards.
You will be informed of the things you can do before, during and
after your stay to help you get better sooner.
You will be given carbohydrate rich drinks to take the night
before and the morning of your operation. These drinks help
to keep you in a 'fed' state rather than a fasted state before you
operation and will improve your ability to recover.
You will be admitted to hospital early in the morning on the day
of your operation unless you require medical treatment the night
before, such as a blood transfusion or to receive medication which
you cannot take at home.
During your stay
Research has shown that active, early rehabilitation after your
operation will help you to feel better sooner. Because of
this, you will be encouraged and assisted to:
- move around as soon as possible after your operation
- eat and drink a normal diet, or take nutrition supplements if
you are not able to eat
- have any drips, drains or catheters removed during the first
couple of days of your recovery
After you leave hospital
Following your hospital stay, you will receive a follow-up
telephone call from a specialist nurse at home who will make sure
you feel supported and are recovering well.
We encourage our patients to give honest feedback about the care
they receive, so that we can recognise areas of excellence and also
identify any areas where we can make improvements.
What our patients think
Some comments we have received from patients in the care of the
colorectal service since May 2011 are:
"Pre-op clinic staff were very helpful in answering questions
and giving advice and support at a trying time".
"I recovered more quickly than anticipated."
"I didn't think it possible to have a major operation with so
"I felt my concerns were listened to, and everyone treated me