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Intestine Transplant

Helping each patient with intestinal failure—from infants to adults—live as long as possible with the best quality of life.

OverviewSlice

If you are experiencing intestinal failure due to a medical condition or trauma, an intestine or multivisceral transplant could be an option.  A multivisceral transplant is the transplantation of the intestine plus two or more abdominal organs.  

Our team does everything possible to avoid an intestine or multivisceral transplant, but if one is needed, our team has the experience and expertise to successfully manage your care both before and after transplantation.  Our goal is to help you live as long as possible with the best quality of life.

Overview

If you are experiencing intestinal failure due to a medical condition or trauma, an intestine or multivisceral transplant could be an option.  A multivisceral transplant is the transplantation of the intestine plus two or more abdominal organs.  

Our team does everything possible to avoid an intestine or multivisceral transplant, but if one is needed, our team has the experience and expertise to successfully manage your care both before and after transplantation.  Our goal is to help you live as long as possible with the best quality of life.

What to ExpectSlice

Our Expertise

IU Health is one of only a few healthcare systems in the country that performs intestine and multivisceral transplants for adults and children, and the only one in Indiana. 

We performed the first isolated intestine and multivisceral transplants in Indiana in 2003. Ranked No. 6 in the nation by volume for intestinal transplant surgery in 2017, our multidisciplinary team’s experience and expertise, along with some of the most technologically advanced facilities, allow us to offer the best course of treatment for each individual patient, whether that be medical management and surgical intervention, or transplantation.  

You may need an intestine or multivisceral transplant for conditions, including: 

  • Intestinal atresia
  • Mid-gut volvulus
  • Gastroschisis
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Neuroendocrine and Desmoid tumors
  • Mesenteric venous thrombosis
  • Short/small bowel syndrome
  • Trauma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)/Crohn’s disease
  • Pseudo-obstruction
  • Complications of gastric bypass

Our smallest patients receive the same innovative care from our  pediatric transplant specialists at IU Health Transplant at Riley Children’s Health. Adult intestine and multivisceral transplants are performed at IU Health University Hospital.

Our focus on issues related to the adult population sets us apart from most intestine programs that exclusively care for pediatric patients. Our multidisciplinary team evaluates each patient to determine the best course of treatment at the time, whether it be transplant, use of total parenteral nutrition, surgical intervention or other medical management. Each patient knows they have a team committed to helping them return to an independent and active life.

What to Expect

Our Expertise

IU Health is one of only a few healthcare systems in the country that performs intestine and multivisceral transplants for adults and children, and the only one in Indiana. 

We performed the first isolated intestine and multivisceral transplants in Indiana in 2003. Ranked No. 6 in the nation by volume for intestinal transplant surgery in 2017, our multidisciplinary team’s experience and expertise, along with some of the most technologically advanced facilities, allow us to offer the best course of treatment for each individual patient, whether that be medical management and surgical intervention, or transplantation.  

You may need an intestine or multivisceral transplant for conditions, including: 

  • Intestinal atresia
  • Mid-gut volvulus
  • Gastroschisis
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Neuroendocrine and Desmoid tumors
  • Mesenteric venous thrombosis
  • Short/small bowel syndrome
  • Trauma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)/Crohn’s disease
  • Pseudo-obstruction
  • Complications of gastric bypass

Our smallest patients receive the same innovative care from our  pediatric transplant specialists at IU Health Transplant at Riley Children’s Health. Adult intestine and multivisceral transplants are performed at IU Health University Hospital.

Our focus on issues related to the adult population sets us apart from most intestine programs that exclusively care for pediatric patients. Our multidisciplinary team evaluates each patient to determine the best course of treatment at the time, whether it be transplant, use of total parenteral nutrition, surgical intervention or other medical management. Each patient knows they have a team committed to helping them return to an independent and active life.

For more information about the intestine transplant program, call 800.510.2725 or email transplantinfo@iuhealth.org.

Intestine Transplant

Questions to Ask Your Provider About Intestine/Multivisceral TransplantSlice

You will probably have a lot of questions about intestine or multivisceral transplant. Some of the questions you might ask include: 

  • Are there any other options for me other than transplant? 
  • What will the procedure entail? 
  • How long will I have to wait for my transplant? 
  • How long will I be in the hospital? 
  • What can I expect after my transplant? 
  • What kind of care will I need after the transplant? 
  • Will I need further surgery? 

Be sure to write down these or other questions you may have. We strongly recommend that you bring along a partner or a good friend who can help you by listening and also taking notes.

Having a transplant is a big step. Use the resources below to learn more about the procedure and your care. Be sure to ask your transplant team about anything you do not understand.

Questions to Ask Your Provider About Intestine/Multivisceral Transplant

You will probably have a lot of questions about intestine or multivisceral transplant. Some of the questions you might ask include: 

  • Are there any other options for me other than transplant? 
  • What will the procedure entail? 
  • How long will I have to wait for my transplant? 
  • How long will I be in the hospital? 
  • What can I expect after my transplant? 
  • What kind of care will I need after the transplant? 
  • Will I need further surgery? 

Be sure to write down these or other questions you may have. We strongly recommend that you bring along a partner or a good friend who can help you by listening and also taking notes.

Having a transplant is a big step. Use the resources below to learn more about the procedure and your care. Be sure to ask your transplant team about anything you do not understand.

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Patient Stories for Intestine Transplant

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