Intestinal Failure

The Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program offers a wide range services for adults and children. The type and length of treatment differs for each patient, depending on the needs and goals.

Services include:

  • Counseling and education about intestinal rehabilitation
  • Drug and diet modification to train the small intestine to absorb more nutrients
  • Consultations to help assess and correct nutrient deficiencies and prevent damage to kidneys, bones and liver
  • Management of TPN to avoid complications
  • Placement and management of catheters in veins called central venous lines
  • Surgery, such as bowel lengthening and tapering that can help increase bowel length and nutrient absorption
  • Intestinal transplants
  • Consultations with doctors caring for patients with intestinal failure

For patients dependent on TPN, the program provides services to help patients:

  • Reduce or eliminate the need for TPN
  • Reduce complications associated with TPN
  • Decrease diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Gain weight
  • Decrease the need for intestinal transplantation

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

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