Impact of enhanced recovery implementation in women undergoing abdominal sacrocolpopexy

Ayssa Teles Abrao Trad, Prajakta Tamhane, Amy L. Weaver, Mary V. Baker, Sue L. Visscher, Bijan J. Borah, Eleftheria Kalogera, John B. Gebhart, Emanuel C. Trabuco

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Objective: To assess the effect of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) with and without liposomal bupivacaine (LB) on opioid use, hospital length of stay (LOS), costs, and morbidity of women undergoing sacrocolpopexy. Methods: Retrospective cohort of women who underwent abdominal sacrocolpopexy between April 1, 2009 and November 30, 2017. Costs for relevant healthcare services were determined by assigning 2017 charges multiplied by 2017 Medicare Cost Report's cost to charge ratios. Outcomes were compared among periods with multivariable regression models adjusted for age, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, and concurrent hysterectomy and posterior repair. Results: Patients were subdivided into pre-ERAS (G1, n = 128), post-ERAS (G2, n = 83), and post-ERAS plus LB (G3, n = 91). The proportion of patients needing opioids during postoperative days 0–2 was significantly less for G3 (75.8%) compared with G1 (97.7%) and G2 (92.8%); P < 0.001). The median morphine equivalent units (MEU) with interquartile ranges, mean LOS, and adjusted mean standardized costs were significantly lower in G3 compared with the other two groups (35 [20–75] vs. 67 [31–109], and 60 [30–122] MEUs; 1.8 vs. 2.3 vs. 2.9 days; and $2391, $2975, and $3844, for G3, G2, and G1, respectively; P < 0.001). Conclusion: Implementation of an ERAS pathway led to significant decreases in opioid use, LOS, and costs. Supplementation with LB further improved these measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-734
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • enhanced recovery after surgery
  • liposomal bupivacaine
  • sacrocolpopexy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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