Select patients born with heart defects and who undergo congenital heart surgery recover with few complications and reduced opioid use when a comprehensive, evidence-based enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program is used, according to research presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

“We have embarked on a new paradigm for with the goal of improving recovery, , and the value of care that we provide,” said Nathalie Roy, MD, from Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. “The early findings show promise that such programs can be a game-changer in cardiovascular care.”