Intestine Transplant Program
The Intestine Transplant Program at Seattle Children's Hospital provides compassionate, state-of-the-art care to children who have complex digestive conditions.
We treat infants, children, teens and young adults from birth through age 21 for many types of short-term and chronic intestinal disorders in our
Liver and Intestine Transplant Clinic
For children with irreversible intestinal failure, Children's has the only program in the Pacific Northwest - and one of only a handful in the country - that has specialists who can perform intestine transplants. We provide care before, during and after
Our intestine transplant team is led by two internationally recognized doctors:
Dr. Simon Horslen
, a pediatric liver and intestine specialist (or hepatologist), and
Dr. Jorge Reyes
, a surgeon who helped pioneer the new field of intestine transplant and who has performed 200 multi-organ transplantations in children. Dr. Reyes is listed as one of the Best Doctors in America.
Drs. Horslen and Reyes have provided care for more children with intestinal failure than any other pair of doctors in the nation. They are part of Children's
of transplant physicians.
In the last decade, Children's doctors helped pioneer
intestine transplantation surgery
. This new treatment has progressed from being a completely experimental procedure to being the preferred method for treating children with permanent intestinal failure.
We also have the only complete
Intestinal Care Program
in the Pacific Northwest. The program helps children restore their intestinal function without transplant through diet, medication and non-transplant surgical therapies.
What is an intestine transplant?
An intestine transplant is the process of removing a patient's diseased small intestine and replacing it with a healthy donor intestine. A transplant is the preferred method for restoring digestive function to a child whose small intestine is permanently
. The transplant process requires extensive preparation and lifelong follow-up care.
A common cause for intestinal failure in children is short bowel syndrome (SBS). There are a number of
diseases and conditions
that can lead to intestinal failure in children. Learn more about
how the small intestine works
How does the transplant process work?
One way that Children's supports your child and family through this challenging time is by helping you understand as much as possible about the transplant process. Learn
what to expect
if your child needs an intestine transplant.