The Intestinal Rehabilitation Program is devoted to avoiding transplantation when possible using medical, surgical and nutritional rehabilitation strategies. A majority of our program patients, 80%, avoid transplantation through intestinal rehabilitation.
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Approaches used by our multidisciplinary team to avoid transplantation include the serial transverse enteroplasty procedure (STEP), a surgical technique used to increase bowel length and help increase absorption; nutritional strategies to help patients maintain normal growth; and isolated intestinal transplant before irreversible TPN-associated liver injury calls for a liver transplant.
Dr. Cohran is Medical Director of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation and Attending Physician, Gastroenterology. Dr. Cohran is board-certified in pediatric transplant hepatology and pediatric gastroenterology.
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