Digestive Health

What is intestinal and multivisceral transplantation?

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  • ATomoaki Kato, MD, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
    Dr. Tomoaki Kato - What is intestinal and multivisceral transplantation?

    Intestinal and multivisceral transplantation are two types of surgery. Intestinal transplantation involves only the intestine; multivisceral transplantation includes other organs as well. Learn more by watching this video featuring transplant surgeon Dr. Tomoaki Kato.


  • Intestinal and multivisceral transplantation (multiviseral is an operation where several organs are transplanted) were initially developed to treat patients with short bowel syndrome or life-threatening complications associated with total parenteral nutrition and liver failure. In the last several years, physician-researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have been able to expand the use of intestinal and multivisceral transplantation to treat patients with abdominal tumors. Surgeons have developed a new method of removing deeply embedded tumors involving the blood vessels that supply the major abdominal organs, an advance which has saved the lives of patients who would otherwise have no treatment options. The Hospital's research plans include trials investigating oncological indications for transplant, as well as studies on induction of tolerance after transplantation.
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