Wall Street Journal Reports New Pre-Surgery Protocols That Could Hold the Key to Faster, Safer Recovery for Surgical Patients

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Pearl Recovery Retreat comments on a new report in the Wall Street Journal that suggests that changing long standing surgical protocols can lead to better overall surgery recovery results for patients undergoing a range of surgical procedures.

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Pearl Recovery Retreat, located in Beverly Hills, serves as a post surgical recovery center at the SLS Hotel.

The research on how patients respond to both pre and post operative surgical recovery protocols is welcome information. At Pearl Recovery Retreat, we are always looking for the best modalities available to help our patients recove from surgery.

According to data published on March 31, 2015 in The Wall Street Journal, many hospitals are starting to re-evaluate the traditional methods used to prepare patients for surgery. For most surgical procedures, the general practice has been to prescribe pre-surgery fasting, followed by heavy IV fluids, prescription pain medication and narcotics, and extended periods of bed rest with potentially longer hospital stays.

But new research suggests that the traditional methods could potentially lead to more complications, costing patients as much as an additional $10,000 in subsequent healthcare costs. A new modality known as “enhanced” recovery is emerging as a healthier, potentially more successful alternative to fasting, nutrient deprivation, and lack of activity immediately following surgery.

“The research on how patients respond to both pre and post operative surgical recovery protocols is welcome information. At Pearl Recovery Retreat, we are always looking for the best modalities available to help our patients recover from surgery as safely, comfortably, and quickly as possible,” said Isabella Koretz, Founder and CEO of luxury after surgery recovery center Pearl Recovery Retreat in Beverly Hills.

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins have been incorporating enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) on patients undergoing colorectal surgery. An in depth analysis of data from a variety of studies has found that replacing the traditional surgery recovery protocols can reduce hospital stays from the typical five and ten days by as much as 50 to 60 percent.

The goal of the new ERAS protocols is to engage and educate patients before surgery on a practical level, and to use a reduction of fluid, fasting, narcotic and fluid intake, followed by prescribing appropriate fluid intake and more physical activity sooner after surgery. The surgical staff at Johns Hopkins suggests epidural anesthesia and propofal infusion, nonopioids like NSAIDs, and non-narcotic painkillers. So far the ERAS protocol has been shown to be most effective for patients undergoing surgery for the bladder, pancreas, liver, breast, and colorectal cancer, as well as hip fracture and joint replacements.

Pearl Recovery Retreat is a post-surgery care center located in a private wing of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The facility caters to those who are recovering from a wide array of surgeries, including bariatric surgery, orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery. Pearl Recovery Center also offers an impressive list of amenities to promote peaceful healing when a patient leaves surgery, including IV therapy, juice cleaning, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and private duty nursing. Learn more about the upscale Beverly Hills recovery center by visiting pearlrecoveryretreat.com or calling (310) 246-5505.

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