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Fast Track Postoperative Recovery

The “Fast Track” protocol can be applied when there is:

1- A thorough preoperative preparation:

  • a. Specific diet with weight loss.
  • b. Physical Exercise / Breathing Exercises
  • c. Adjustment of existing medication and pathologies

2- A specific operative management:

  • a. Mini-invasive anesthesia, with rapid metabolization pharmacology.
  • b. Mini-invasive surgery, meticulous, without bleeding or excessive manipulations.

3- A post-operative management in the hospital with training and participation of the companion.

  • a. Idem that protocol “Fast Track” described.

4- Outpatient and home care after discharge:

  • a. Walking 1 hour a day after discharge
  • b. Active but quiet life
  • c. Control of constants every 12 hours that are sent to a control center
  • d. Control of wounds or other events through shared images.
  • e. Telephone of location by surgeon of the team.

The protocols of rapid post-operative recovery, Fast-Track of the Anglo-Saxons, involve the following steps:

  • No use of ICU or AER after surgery.
  • The patient goes directly to his room with the family.
  • The patient gets up 2 hours after surgery.
  • The patient walks small periods every 30 minutes.
  • Drinks 3-4 hours after surgery.
  • Patient is discharged 24 hours later.

This method is excellent because:

  • It forces to apply a methodology of surgery and mini-invasive anesthesia.
  • It is facilitated when in addition the patient has prepared conscientiously before the surgery (diet, exercise, adjustment of the medication…).
  • It reduces to almost zero the possible peri-operative medical complications, characteristics of the obese patient (lung infections, urinary, wound infections, eventrations, thrombosis of different types (it does not exclude the use of thrombosis prevention with heparin…).