May 30, 2018 East Brunswick, NJ—Dr. Elizabeth Cherot, a physician with Brunswick Hills OB/GYN, an Axia Women’s Health Care Center in East Brunswick, is providing an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for repeat Cesearan sections. It is the first protocol of its kind in the United Stated for Women’s Health.
The enhanced recovery program reduces length of stay for patients undergoing elective cesarean section. Dr. Cherot collaborated with physicians in the United Kingdom, where it is employed regularly with patients and has demonstrated improved quality of care, significant savings and superior patient satisfaction.
“Our participation in the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collaborative and partnership with leading experts from the UK provides us with the unique opportunity to pioneer this pathway in the United States,” says Dr. Cherot. “I’m looking to use this method when appropriate to help my c-section patients recover better.”
A pilot study included 100 low risk patients with the diagnosis of repeat cesarean section. The team partnered with Seamless MD on a clinical engagement platform to develop a smartphone application that provides patient education and reminders, as well as remote monitoring. They also used a long- lasting numbing medication at the time of surgery and reduced opioid use for pain relief.
The protocol was successful at reducing the average length of from 3.7 to 2.45 days. It also had early mobilization, a reduction in narcotic use and increased patient satisfaction.
“One of the key benefits of the ERAS approach is a reduced reliance on opioids for pain management after childbirth,” says Dr. Cherot. “Patients, and their newborns, don’t have to suffer the effects of the opioids or run the risk of exposing themselves to the possibility of addiction.”
Patients of Brunswick Hills Obstetrics and Gynecology can participate in this program now but Axia Women’s Health will be rolling out the protocol in some of their other 110 locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
“We provide an environment where physicians are encouraged to perform important research and improve the quality of care to their patients,” said Dr. Stephen Krell, Executive Chairman and CEO of Clinical Practices. “We look forward to our patients benefitting from this innovative medical protocol, as well as others in the future.”
About Elizabeth Cherot, M.D.
Dr. Cherot is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed her residency and received her medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Women’s Health Alliance. She has been in practice for more than 20 years.