Evolution of enhanced recovery for children undergoing elective intestinal surgery

Mallory N. Perez, Mehul V. Raval*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Enhanced recovery protocols (ERP) have been widely adopted in adult populations, with over 30 years of experience demonstrating the effectiveness of these protocols in patients undergoing gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. In the last decade, ERPs have been applied to pediatric populations across multiple subspecialties. The objective of this manuscript is to explore the evolution of how ERPs have been implemented and adapted specifically for pediatric populations undergoing GI surgery, predominantly for inflammatory bowel disease. The reported findings reflect a thorough exploration of the literature, including initial surveys of practice/readiness assessments, consensus recommendations of expert panels, and data from a rapidly growing number of single center studies. These efforts have culminated in a national prospective, multicenter trial evaluating clinical and implementation outcomes for enhanced recovery in children undergoing GI surgery. In short, this historical and clinical review reflects on the evolution of ERPs in pediatric surgery and expounds upon the next steps needed to apply ERPs to future pediatric populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number151400
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2024


  • Colorectal
  • Enhanced recovery
  • Length of stay
  • Opioid use
  • Pediatric
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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