Navigate Up

Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Center at UPMC

Contact Us for More Information


Leading the Way in Intestinal Health

The goal of intestinal rehabilitation is to restore lifestyle and diet, and increase overall quality of life with the remaining bowel.

UPMC's Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center (IRTC) offers clinical expertise and treatment for people with:

  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Vascular occlusion
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Other gut disorders, combined with organ failure

We utilize a multidisciplinary team approach, collaborating with many ancillary services at UPMC to provide our patients with the highest quality medical and social support.

Which Treatment Option is Right for Me?

Medical Intervention

New pharmacologic agents are available to help the intestine improve its function in combination with diet modification, surgical intervention, or other novel therapies.

Nutrition Management

Our specialized dietitians collaborate with physicians, pharmacists, and nurses to develop patient-specific nutritional plans for optimal outcomes. They also utilize enteral nutrition, or tube feeding, if intravenous support is necessary in the hospital, at clinic appointments, or at your home.

Surgical Rehabilitation

We offer various surgical intervention techniques — tailored to your individual needs — for managing short bowel syndrome without the need for intestinal transplant. These procedures are meant to lengthen the bowel, making it more efficient at absorbing nutrients from food.

Intestinal Transplantation

If the length of your remaining bowel is extremely short, or your intestinal disease is associated with liver failure, you may benefit from intestinal transplantation. Potential candidates include those with irreversible intestinal failure that requires additional intervention beyond surgical rehabilitation.

At the IRTC, our team of surgeons, gastroenterologists, nurse coordinators, and dietitians will collaborate to discuss the most appropriate treatment option for you, ensuring that you understand the benefits and risks.

Where Do I Start?

Please fill out the form to learn more information from one of our experts about our treatment options for intestinal disorders.

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

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, gender identity, 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 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, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA