Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) and fast-track in video- assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy: preoperative optimisation and care-plans

Antonio D’Andrilli, Erino A. Rendina


Main speci c interventions for preoperative clinical optimisation of patients undergoing lung cancer surgery include assessment and treatment of comorbidities, minimizing preoperative hospitalization, minimizing preoperative fasting, and optimisation of antibiotic and thrombo-embolic prophylaxis. Preoperative patient optimisation is considered a crucial part of enhanced recovery after thoracic surgery pathways. Potentially, advantages of this fast-track management could be even higher when considering video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) major lung resection, because reduced trauma related to minimally invasive techniques is one of the main factors improving postoperative outcome. Literature data and clinical evidences in this setting are reported and discussed.