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Bowel transplant

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Introduction
A small bowel (intestinal) transplant is an operation to replace a diseased or shortened small bowel with a healthy bowel from a donor.
When a small bowel transplant is needed
A small bowel transplant may be considered for people with bowel failure who develop complications from total parenteral nutrition (TPN).
How to prepare for a small bowel transplant
If you are being considered for a small bowel transplant, you will be referred for a transplant assessment.
How a small bowel transplant is performed
There are different types of small bowel transplant operation that may be recommended, depending on your individual circumstances.
Risks of a small bowel transplant
As with all types of surgery, there are risks associated with having a small bowel transplant.
Recovering from a small bowel transplant
Immediately after a small bowel transplant, you will be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) and carefully monitored, so the transplant team can check your body is accepting the new organ.
'He'd defied all the odds stacked against him'
Few boys have faced as many trials as Aaron Gray. He received a liver and small bowel transplant when he was just three and has also had two heart operations.