Transplant Decision

To decide if an intestine transplant is the right treatment for your child, the transplant team at Seattle Children's Hospital will carefully assess your child's:

  • Medical need for transplant (urgency)
  • Blood and diagnostic tests
  • Medical history, including previous surgery
  • Physical exam

We will also consider what we learned in our meetings with your family.

You can expect a decision within two weeks of completing your pre-transplant evaluation .

Once all of your child's information and test results are ready, the entire transplant team will meet to make the decision. A member of the team will communicate the recommendation to you by phone or at your child's next scheduled clinic visit. You will also receive a notice of this recommendation in writing. The decision could include any of the following:

  • Your child is ready to be listed for transplant now
  • Transplant is not the best option for your child
  • Your child may be a candidate for transplant in the future; however, your child is not clinically ready for transplant at this time

If your child's evaluation indicates that there is a possibility for restoring intestinal function through diet, medication or non-transplant surgical therapies, we may admit your child as an inpatient or outpatient to Seattle Children's Intestinal Care Program .

If the team decides that your child is an immediate candidate for transplant and you as a family agree, your child will be placed on the United Network for Organs Sharing (UNOS) transplant waiting list .