There are treatment options available that can help people with Short Bowel Syndrome, and SBS research continues to evolve.
SBS Treatment Options
Each SBS patient is different. And, depending on the portion and location of healthy bowel remaining and many other medical factors, certain treatments may or may not be right for you. Talk to your doctor about the following treatment options.
“I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT TREATMENTS AND THEIR POSSIBLE OUTCOMES.”
- Kevin, SBS Patient
Nutrition and SBS
People with SBS have trouble absorbing all the nutrition and fluid their bodies need. Therefore, the SBS healthcare team is often focused on making sure your body is getting adequate nutrition and fluid.
There is no single, established diet for people with SBS. Depending on the portion and length of your remaining bowel and how well it functions, your doctor may help create a diet that’s tailored to you. Your doctor may encourage you to continue eating, as this can stimulate absorption in the GI tract.
SBS patients who get all of their nutrition from eating and drinking may need to consume a lot more food and, ultimately, calories than someone with a normal-sized bowel would in order to compensate for their bowel’s inability to absorb nutrients normally. Learn more about SBS-specific nutritional considerations here.
Remember to talk to your doctor about what may work best for you before you change your diet.
This treatment delivers nutrition to your body through a feeding tube that has been inserted directly into your stomach or small bowel. Tube feeding helps stimulate the digestive process for those with a partially functioning GI tract. Learn more about it here.
Total Parenteral Nutrition
Total parenteral nutrition, also called TPN, is a liquid food that is delivered through a catheter linked directly to your bloodstream. TPN bypasses your GI tract to deliver nutrients and fluid straight into your blood through a large vein in your chest or arm.
TPN is customized for each person with SBS and delivers specific nutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and/or minerals.
It is often delivered in a hospital setting but may also be administered at home in certain cases.
Learn more about TPN here.
Surgical Treatment Options
Another topic to discuss with your doctor is surgical options. While rarely performed, there are surgical options available for those who have Short Bowel Syndrome. These surgeries generally focus on either lengthening the amount of usable intestine or transplanting healthy tissue to replace the diseased or missing tissue.
Talk to your doctor to learn more and see if surgery may be an option for you.
THERE ARE PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN SHORT BOWEL PATIENTS.
Talk to your doctor and see if a prescription medicine is right for you.