Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Your treatment options for short bowel syndrome will depend on what parts of your small intestine are affected, whether your colon is intact and your own preferences. Your care team will work with you to devise a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Treatments for short bowel syndrome include:

  • Medications. Medications may be used to slow the movement of food through your intestines or make the food you eat more easily digested.
  • Special diets. Your doctor may refer you to a dietitian who can help plan a strategy to get the vitamins and nutrients you need in the food that you eat. You may need to eat significantly more calories every day or take nutritional supplements to get the calories and nutrients you need.
  • Parenteral nutrition. You may receive nutrition through a vein (parenteral nutrition) after surgery to remove your small intestine. But as your remaining intestine recovers and adapts to its new length, you may no longer need it. Some people with severe short bowel syndrome may continue parenteral nutrition indefinitely.
April 08, 2014