Short Bowel Syndrome

Serious damage to the intestines can require removal of lengths of the small intestine. When the damage is considerable, this may mean removing more than half of the small intestine. The condition resulting from the removal of the small intestine is known as short bowel syndrome. If you suffer from short bowel syndrome, you may be eligible for assistance from the Social Security Administration with your ongoing medical expenses.

There are a number of conditions that can cause irreparable damage to the small intestine, such as Crohn’s disease. Physical trauma, such as gunshot wounds to the abdomen, can also destroy sections of the small intestine. Removal of the small intestine reduces the body’s ability to properly absorb nutrients from food, often leading to chronic malnutrition unless patients receive extensive ongoing medical care.

Many people with short bowel syndrome gain most of their nutritional intake intravenously. This often requires the assistance of a nurse, as living without the IV line could quickly lead to malnutrition. They may require periodic medical care to make sure they do not suffer from any serious nutritional deficits and to make necessary adjustments in diet. In the long run, most people with severe short bowel syndrome require transplantation of small intestine to fully recover their ability to absorb nutrients from food.

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If you suffer from short bowel syndrome, but your ongoing medical expenses are more than you can afford, disability payments from the Social Security Administration can offset the financial impact of treatment on your life. The experienced Indianapolis social security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office can help you gain the disability benefits you need. To learn more, contact us today by calling 317-634-8565.