Immunonutrition and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Editor(s): J. W. Drover, N Demartines, J. H. Frankhouse Conference Proceedings & Specific Issues 2015


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is an evidence-based multimodal pathway to reduce surgical stress and limit post-surgical morbidity. Nutrition is one of the key elements of the programme.

This symposium, held at the 2015 ERAS Congress, looked at the evidence for one critical aspect of peri-operative nutrition, that of supplementation with immune-enhancing components. There is a great deal of literature on the subject, the vast majority of which is positive, and this body of evidence was reviewed by the speakers. 

The symposium closed with a review of the potential cost savings through the use of immunonutrition, which have also been reported in the literature.