Mark Holterman, MD, serves as a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Dr. Mark Holterman also is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
According to a recent study published by the American College of Surgeons, a new procedure for handling patient care through every stage of colorectal surgery not only helps these individuals have better outcomes, but also reduces the amount of time they have to stay in the hospital after surgery and results in lowered opioid pain medication usage.
In their study, researchers found that this new enhanced recovery program reduced hospital stays by an average of two days. Patients also were 14 percent less likely to develop abnormal bowel function and required 500-plus fewer units of morphine to manage their pain. The study’s lead author, Ian Paquette, MD, FACS, touted the results as a major breakthrough for surgeons and patients looking for better ways to handle recovery.