The Intestinal Rehabilitation Program (IRP) is a multidisciplinary program that provides consultation, management and long-term follow-up for children and their families coping with complex intestinal disorders leading to short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure. Our experienced team cares for patients from around the United States and has a strong reputation for innovation and outcomes-driven care.

Intestinal rehabilitation includes strategies and therapies designed to make the bowel work better, such as nutritional support, nutritional rehabilitation, medical management and restorative surgery. Intestinal rehabilitation is a potential strategy for anyone with short bowel syndrome of other GI dysfunction.

How We're Different

In our intestinal rehabilitation program, patients with short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure receive comprehensive care from a team of experts that includes gastroenterologists, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, a psychologist, dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, speech-language pathologists (feeding specialists), nurse coordinators and a social worker. Nurse coordinators are readily accessible and play a central role within the healthcare team. Clinical psychologists work with families to improve family/patient compliance with therapy.

Our innovative medical and surgical interventions account for the high success rate of weaning patients off parenteral nutrition. One hundred percent of our patients have a direct bilirubin of less than 2 mg/dL because of utilization of lipid-sparing protocols and compassionate use of IV fish-oil-based lipids in a select group of patients.

The catheter-associated bloodstream infection rate in our patients on home parenteral nutrition is consistently below 2.0 days per 1,000 catheter days, due to the use of ethanol lock and adjunct therapy, individualized education protocols and event analysis.

Conditions Treated

Our team cares for patients with short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure resulting from the following intestinal disorders: