Enhanced recovery after thoracic anesthesia

Senturk M., Sungur Z.

SAUDI JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA, vol.15, no.3, pp.348-355, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4103/sja.sja_1182_20
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Arab World Research Source, EMBASE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.348-355
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Anesthesiology has always been one of the most important components of the multidisciplinary perioperative approaches, which is also valid for ERAS. There are several guidelines published on the enhanced recovery after thoracic surgery (ERATS). This article focuses on the "official" ERATS protocols of a joint consensus of two different societies. Regarding thoracic anesthesia, there are some challenges to be dealt with. The first challenge, although there is a large number of studies published on thoracic anesthesia, only a very few of them have studied the overall outcome and quality of recovery; and only few of them were powered enough to provide sufficient evidence. This has led to the fact that some components of the protocol are debatable. The second challenge, the adherence to individual elements and the overall compliance are poorly reported and also hard to apply even in the best organized centers. This article explains and discusses the debatable viewpoints on the elements of the ERATS protocol published in 2019 aiming to achieve a list for the future steps required for a more effective and evidence-based ERATS protocol.