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A: The Intestine Transplant Program employs advanced surgical techniques in transplantation, modern immunosuppressant therapies and world class patient-centered care so transplant recipients can enjoy better health and a longer life. There are three types of transplantation supported by the program:
The intestine transplant team will discuss which option is best for you.
A: An Intestine Transplant is the removal of damaged or diseased intestine from an individual and replacing it with a donated healthy intestine.
A: Individuals with a severe gastrointestinal disorder that will not improve without transplantation and have; limited vascular access, severe liver disease, life threatening blood infections or very poor quality of life.
Common conditions include: short gut syndrome, severe crohn’s disease and chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction disorder. You must be highly motivated and dedicated to the accompanying life style changes that will follow transplant.
A: A successful transplant can save your life. Ideally you will eventually not need Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), your diet will be less restricted and you will not have fluid restrictions. A functioning healthy bowel can provide an overall increase in energy and general health. If you also need a liver, a transplant can save your life and correct your liver disease.
A: Intestine Transplant carries significant risks and is offered to carefully selected patients. Possible complications include infection and drug related side effects. Rejection is also a risk and occurs when your immune system recognizes the new organ as a foreign body. People with transplants must be on lifelong immunosuppressive medications.
A: Transplant is made possible by the generous gift of a deceased (non-living) person’s family. After a person dies the family may choose to donate organs to save the life of many others.
A: Waiting time for transplantation varies based on the number of available donors and number of people on the waiting list. There are many factors to take into consideration to find a suitable match.
A: The surgery for this type of transplant is quite extensive and takes approximately 8-12 hours.
A: For more information about intestine transplantation, ask your doctor or email
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