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  • Before your surgery

    Eras clinical pathway

    You are now part of a rapid recovery program called “ERAS.” The goal of this clinical pathway is to improve your hospital stay, optimize your recovery, and reduce the time you spend in hospital.

    The different sections below describe the main components of the ERAS clinical pathway:

    • Optimizing your nutritional and physical health
    • Decreasing your tobacco use
    • Decreasing your alcohol intake

    To ensure you clearly understand the ERAS clinical pathway, you must read the surgery passport entitled “Passeport pour ma chirurgie” (in French only) before your operation. You must also bring this document to all of your hospital appointments and on the day of your surgery.


    Before your surgery, it is strongly recommended that you eat a protein-rich diet to improve your nutritional health before your operation and to help you recover more quickly. 

    Protein-rich foods:

    Fish and seafood
    Fish and seafood
    Chicken plate
    Meat (chicken or beef), peas, dried beans, legumes, canned lentils, and tofu
    Dairy products
    2% or 3.25% milk, Greek yogurt, soy beverages
    Seeds, nuts, peanut butter or nut butter


    It is strongly recommended that you completely stop smoking 2 to 4 weeks before your surgery to reduce your risk of pulmonary complications after your surgery, to improve your surgical wound healing, and to help you manage your pain after your operation.

    Several resources are available to help you reduce your smoking or stop smoking altogether:

    You can also Ouvre un lien interne dans la fenêtre couranteget tips to help you stop smoking


    It is strongly recommended that you stop drinking all alcoholic beverages 7 days before your surgery.

    Alcohol may interact with your own medications or those administered at the hospital and increase your risk of bleeding and complications.

    If you want help right now to decrease your alcohol intake, contact:


    Before your surgery, it is important that you stay active to keep your body in the best possible shape. The exercise doesn’t have to be complicated.

    In fact, a 15-minute walk outside near your home is enough to improve your physical condition before your surgery. If you are already active, keep up your healthy habits. For more information, refer to your surgery passport.

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