While going home after a knee or hip replacement is a happy event, this transition can also be a source of concern or anxiety for patients and their caregivers. Using the ERAS protocol, the patient’s condition can be improved and a safe and rapid return home can be achieved, possibly the same day as the surgery.

The four surgeons at Duval Clinic, Dr. Vendittoli, Dr. Massé, Dr. Kiss and Dr. Lavigne, have demonstrated that the implementation of ERAS protocol in patients undergoing total hip replacement (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery resulted in (1) improved patient recovery (2) a 50% reduction in complications (3) a shorter hospital stay. To learn more about this study, click here.

The success of the ROC protocol developed by our team is explained by the optimization of all perioperative aspects, from the first consultation with the surgeon to when the patient returns home. This type of management requires the expertise of a multidisciplinary team that puts the patient at the heart of the recovery process. For more information on the elements of the ROC protocol, consult our blog.

Since this protocol optimizes recovery and reduces the adverse effects of surgery, the length of stay in the hospital is greatly reduced.

Over the past few years, Dr. Vendittoli has been instrumental in teaching the principles of the ERAS protocol on a national level. As a Chair leader for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), he led the working group responsible for creating Canadian practice guidelines incorporating the principles of ERAS. It goes without saying that ROC is implemented at Clinique Duval.

The use of the ROC protocol at Clinique Duval has had a major impact on the well-being and recovery of our patients. The reduction of nausea symptoms, pain and better muscle control have often allowed patients at the Clinic to leave home earlier and return to their usual activities more quickly. These good results are a source of pride for the entire team at the Clinic.