Improving Life After Intestinal Transplantation

More children than ever are surviving intestinal transplantation at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and returning home healthy enough to enjoy a quality of life that includes school, play, friends and other joys of childhood.

Advances in organ preservation, surgical technique, immunosuppression and post-operative care have all contributed to better intestinal transplant survival rates among young patients and a much better quality of life after intestine transplantation.

Recent advances in research and clinical research programs at Children’s include new immunosuppression protocols developed with colleagues at UPMC Presbyterian, and better ways to diagnose and treat infections before they have a chance to complicate recovery.

Read about how Children’s Hospital, as well as patients and parents, can improve life after an intestine transplant.

Adjusting to Home

Learn about the services Children’s Hospital provides for families to better prepare them to deal with the challenges of adjusting to home after intestine transplantation.

Age Matters

The age of a child at the time of his or her intestinal transplant may help determine the issues they will face during recovery.

Better Quality of Life

Learn the milestones that intestine transplant patients can expect after one and three years post-transplant, such as no longer needing a catheter, TPN, gastronomy tube, or physical therapy.

Recent Advances

Learn about the changes in immunosuppression protocols and the prescription of rejection drugs has helped lower the incidents of organ rejection and improved patient quality of life.