Explore UPMC.com
Living Donation

Intestinal Rehabilitation Treatment Options

While total parenteral nutrition (TPN) can be a life-saving option for many, over time it can lead to medical risks.

At UPMC's Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center, the goal of intestinal rehabilitation is to end the need for TPN, while helping you live a normal life with the remaining bowel.

We can do this by using: 

We tailor proper management and treatment to:

  • Your individual anatomy and function of the remaining bowel
  • The extent of damage to your liver
  • Any associated abdominal pathology

When appropriate, we will rehabilitate the bowel with the aim to eliminate TPN therapy.

However, intestinal transplant may be a better treatment option for people with irreversible intestinal failure or abdominal pathologies that cannot be treated with any other conventional therapy.

Make an Appointment or Refer a Patient

Contact the IRTC by:

  • Phone at 1-877-640-6746 or 412-647-5800.
  • Our physician referral line at 1-800-544-2500.
  • Email at transplant@upmc.edu.

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit www.healthwise.org

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA | UPMC.com