Intestine

For children with irreversible intestine failure, our team is the only Medicare-approved transplant center in the region and only one of a handful in the entire nation. We strive to make the transplant experience as positive and stress-free as possible for you and your family.

As part of the IU Health Transplant center, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health offers the experience of a high-volume transplant center, excellent outcomes and the surgical expertise of a dedicated transplant team. Our successes include:

  • Strong patient survival rates that surpass the national average
  • Significantly greater transplant rates compared to both regional and national averages
  • Ranked number one in transplant volume in the U.S. for 2010

Intestine Transplant Indications

During an intestine transplant, our expert surgeons remove the patient’s diseased small intestine and replace it with a healthy donor intestine. This process is usually used to treat a child whose small intestine is permanently failing. One of the most common cases for intestinal failure in children is short bowel syndrome (SBS), which is a condition where nutrients are not properly absorbed. Conditions that spark SBS include:

  • Gastroschisis 
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Intestinal atresia 
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis 
  • Volvulus 
  • Trauma
  • Thrombotic disorders

Intestinal failure may also be a result of motility or absorptive disorders. If your child is a strong candidate for an intestine transplant, our expert care team will work with you and your family to determine the risks and benefits of the surgery. 

Intestine Transplant Outcomes

In 2010, the IU Health Transplant team ranked number one in the nation for volume of intestine and multivisceral transplants. In addition, our pediatric patient survival rates have been above the national average for the past four years. Our committed surgeons are the reason we are able to perform at such a high standard. They make a personal commitment to evaluate each and every organ offered in order to find a match for our patients. Learn more about our intestine transplant outcomes.

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