What to Expect
Our team fully evaluates each child with intestinal failure to decide the most effective treatment plan. Your child’s first visit with our team may include:
- Physical exam and health history
- Psychosocial (mental and emotional health) assessment
- Imaging and lab tests as needed
- Financial needs assessment
The first goal in treatment is to improve intestine function. The Intestinal Rehabilitation Program offers medical, surgical and nutritional treatments to reduce or stop dependence on TPN. Surgical techniques, such as STEP (serial transverse enteroplasty), try to enhance the quality and function of the patient’s intestine by increasing length and volume of the bowel. The goal is to improve the child’s nutrition, growth and development.
Our team provides support and education through all steps of treatment.
If a transplant is the best option, we will place your child on the transplant waiting list. Lurie Children’s is a leader in pediatric transplantation.