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Pre surgery education at SMHEnhanced Recovery After Surgery Patient Education

At Sarasota Memorial, we believe an informed patient is an empowered patient. You play a key role in your recovery.

Knowing what to expect before, during and after surgery can help reduce anxiety, prevent complications, decrease recovery time, and make your hospital experience more comfortable.

Those are the goals of our pre-surgery education and recovery-optimizing program, which we call “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery,” or ERAS.

What is Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)?

Thank you for choosing us for your surgical care. Your surgical team will provide you with the highest standard of care using an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery plan (usually called “ERAS” [ee-raz]).

ERAS is an evidence-based, patient-centered program developed to ensure patients’ successful recovery after a surgical procedure. Participants attend a free, interactive class online, where they learn how to optimize their nutrition, breathing capacity, and functional status before surgery so that they can reach their post-surgical goals faster and easier.

Sarasota Campus


Click here to register for the Sarasota ERAS Education Video

Click here to download the Sarasota ERAS Handbook.

Haga clic aquí para ver el Manual del paciente de ERAS en español

ERAS helps get your body ready for surgery and then recover quickly by:

  • Providing you with education on what to expect before, during, and after surgery.
  • Getting your pain under control.
  • Allowing you to eat and drink as soon as it is safe.
  • Helping you get out of bed within 24 hours.
  • Decreasing how long you are in the hospital.

Click on the location where you are having your surgical procedure for your pre-surgical patient education video. Please watch as soon as possible if you are scheduled for surgery. You will enter your name and hit “Submit” to go to your video. Your surgical team is automatically notified when you are finished.

Note: Printing your handbook is not required. It contains the same information as your video and can be used for reference any time in your surgical journey.

Venice Campus


Click here to register for the Venice ERAS Education Video

Click here to download the Venice ERAS flyer

Your video will instruct you how to help your body before surgery with eating, exercise, and deep breathing. Your video will also give you information about before, during, and after your surgery with us/

Click here to learn more about Orthopedic Surgery (joint replacement and spine surgery) support and education options.

For more information about Sarasota Memorial's ERAS classes, call 941-917-7585.