The Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Clinic at Shaare Zedek Medical Center is the address for patients who receive their nutrition intravenously on a regular basis.
A multi-disciplinary team – a gastroenterologist, a clinical dietician and a nurse, provide comprehensive and personalized treatment according to each patient’s needs.
TPN patients generally suffer from complex diseases of the digestive system, for example chronic Crohn’s that doesn’t respond to treatment, bowel mobility disorders, extensive removal of the intestines or Intestinal Failure. In all of these cases, intravenous nutrition is a life-saving solution. Thanks to TPN, the patient can control the amount of energy, fluids, electrolytes, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins he or she receives, while bypassing the failed intestines.
Correct adaptation and monitoring of the right TPN formulae help prevent long-term complications. When the treatment is managed properly, we can significantly extend the patient’s life expectancy.