An Intestinal transplant is a last-resort treatment option for patients with intestinal failure who, when the intestines can’t digest food of absorb the fluids, electrolytes and nutrients essential for life. People with intestinal failure must receive total parenteral nutrition (TPN), which provides liquid nutrition through a catheter or needle inserted into a vein. Long-term use of TPN can cause life-threatening complications.
Alsero Tours offers Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation services that provides state-of-art treatments for patients with intestinal failure. Our programs help patients minimize the need for TPN and ultimately transition to eating food, thus improving their health and quality of life. For some patients with intestinal failure who can’t be weaned from TPN and who have life-threatening complications, an intestinal transplant is an option.
We offer various types of Intestinal transplants depends on the individual patient needs:
- Isolated intestinal transplant – provided to patients who have normal liver function.
- Combined liver and intestinal reansplant – transplant consist of two organs: the liver and entire small intestine together as one group. This type of transplant provided usually for patients with irreversible liver disease and intestinal failure.
- Multivisceral transplant – when transplant include liver, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, and small bowel. This type of transplant can be indicated for patients with multiple organs failure and for those with diffuse diseases, such as intestinal polyposis or Gardner’s syndrome.
- Modified multivisceral transplant – modification of the multivisceral transplant, when liver is not included and the stomach may or may not be included.
- Pediatric intestine transplant
Transplantation procedure includes the following steps:
- Pre-transplant evaluation – every patient will undergo complete evaluation process with our transplant team to be sure that intestinal transplant and which type is an appropriate treatment option. Patient will also has a variety of tests, such as blood tests Upper gastrointestinal and small bowel X-Ray series, Barium enema, endoscopic examinations, abdominal CT or MRI scan, ECG, Ultrasound and other additional tests.
- Operation – as soon as compatible organ or complex of organs becomes available, you will be contacted by transplant coordinator, admitted to the hospital and prepared for operation. Length of surgery varies depends of the type of transplant and can last from 3 to 8 hours.
- Recovery – Immediately after transplantation surgery, patient is placed into ICU where he/she is closely monitored. Care after an intestinal transplant differs slightly for each patient, depending on their medical history, type of transplant and medical condition. The length of stay in the hospital varies for each patient, and it can last for several weeks or as long as several months in case of multivisceral transplantation.
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