Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

The Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation Program specializes in caring for children with intestinal failure. This failure happens when the intestines can no longer digest food and absorb the fluids, electrolytes and nutrients essential for a child to live and develop normally.

Our team of pediatric gastroenterologists, surgeons, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and child life specialists work together to design a treatment plan that's tailored to your child's needs and goals. Depending on your child's case, we may use medication, diet modification or surgery to improve intestinal function.

Many patients with intestinal failure need to get some or all of their nutrients in liquid form through a catheter placed in a vein. This treatment, known as total parenteral nutrition (TPN), can cause complications and affect a child's quality of life. Our goal is to limit how much TPN is needed and help your child transition toward eating solid food.

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    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • One of the nation's best in gastroenterology & GI surgery

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    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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