Managing Short Bowel Syndrome
Management options for Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) can be varied and complex. There are a lot of factors, like the location and amount of bowel remaining after surgery, that help determine the management plan. The initial management plan may change over time. The treating doctor, often with the help of a registered dietitian or certified nutrition support clinician, will develop a plan that is best for each patient.
Goals of treatment
If you are a patient with Short Bowel Syndrome, you typically cannot get the proper amount of nutrition and fluid from your diet. That’s why the primary treatment goal is to ensure that you get the nutrition and fluid that you need (including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, minerals and salts). At the same time, doctors will focus on treating and preventing complications of SBS should they occur.
Another common treatment goal is returning the patient to a more normal life. What is considered normal, of course, is different for everyone. To some people, normal may mean returning to work. To others, it may mean enjoying time with family and friends.
To achieve these goals, there are treatment options available. Click here for SBS treatment options.
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