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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 Recovery.

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 little pain."

"I felt my concerns were listened to, and everyone treated me well."