Intestinal Rehabilitation

Working hand-in-hand with the Intestinal Failure program, the Intestinal Rehabilitation program at Children’s Medical Center has crafted a unique collaborative approach to care. Many gastrointestinal conditions present in infants, children and adolescents require further attention after hospitalization or surgery. It is this continuing care that helps our patients lead normal lives.

The Intestinal Rehabilitation program is one of the largest and most respected programs of its type in the country. It is the only such program in the Southwestern United States. Our prestige and size further benefit our patients since we can present an expanded scope of conditions that we treat.

The Intestinal Rehabilitation Team

Led by Dr. Nandini Channabasappa, the Intestinal Rehabilitation team pulls in experts from all corners of Children’s Medical Center. Our patients benefit from this collaboration because they can be assessed from all angles under one roof, eliminating the need to see specialists outside of the program.
Some specialists you and your child might see include:

  • Surgeons
  • Nurses, stoma and others
  • Dietitians
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Hematologists
  • Social workers
  • Pediatric psychologists

Common conditions treated by Intestinal Rehabilitation

In addition to continuing treatments prescribed by the Intestinal Failure program, the Intestinal Rehabilitation program is equipped to treat:

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Gastroschisis
  • Atresias of the intestine
  • Congenital short gut syndrome
  • Pseudobstruction
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Functional disorders including Microvillous inclusion disease, tufting enteropathy and megacystis microcolon hypoperistalsis syndrome.

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