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Is it possible to add on to the intestine ? Has this ever been tried before ?

My dad has had multiple intestional surgery's. He now has an ileostomy bag very high up on the small intestine. He is fine when on an IV but when off the IV he is not able to absorb enough nutrients to keep him strong. Malnutruition then seems to set in 48 to 72 hours after the IV is moved. I was told he has had quite a bit of his small intestine removed so the stomer is very high up. Is it possible to add on to the intestine???? Has this ever been tried before???

Asked On : Thu, 21 Jan 2010
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Hi... I have heard of intestinal transplantation that has been done for patients with intestinal failure.. But the centres and the number of such procedures done have been limited due to the obvious reasons of availability of a donor.. I am not very sure of this option would be available to you, but this is definitely a possibility of treatment...

Answered: Thu, 21 Jan 2010
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