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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 intestine transplant.

Our team

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 renowned team 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 failing. 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.

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