Program overview :

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Getting better, faster after surgery is a priority for most patients. If they need to stay in hospital, they want it to be as short a time as possible. And they want to have a positive experience with the healthcare system throughout their surgery journey.

Enhanced Recovery Canada™ (ERC) gives patients and the people who support them tools to help achieve all of these outcomes.

Our patient booklets and animated resources explain how to prepare for surgery and what you can do to feel better and safer, in the hospital and at home. The resources include instructions on things like eating and drinking, physical activity and controlling your pain and nausea.

Supported by information that helps you take an active role in your surgery and recovery process, you can heal faster, safer and easier. 

The following patient and caregiver resources are based on best practices that have been used across Canada.

Gynecologic surgery resources

For adult patients undergoing elective gynecologic surgery.

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Hip replacement and knee replacement surgery resources

For adult patients undergoing inpatient and outpatient hip and knee replacement surgeries, including total hip arthroplasty (THA), total knee arthroplasty (TKA), or unicompartmental arthroplasty (UKA).

Hip replacement resource

Knee replacement resource 

Colorectal surgery resources

For adults patients undergoing elective colorectal (bowel) surgery.

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Cesarean section (c-section) delivery resources

For patients undergoing a cesarean or c-section delivery.

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Additional resources