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Short Bowel Syndrome


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Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a complex and often devastating disorder. It is caused by the loss of part of the small bowel and the decreased ability of the intestine to absorb nutrition.

The loss of bowel can be due to congenital disease or surgical removal.

Treatment consists primarily of specialized nutrition management aimed at helping the remaining intestines adapt and take on the absorption functions that were lost.

Research has proven that a multidisciplinary approach to intestinal rehabilitation is the most successful approach to caring for short bowel syndrome.

While SBS can lead to intestinal failure, the UHealth pediatric gastroenterology team has one of the few multidisciplinary Intestinal Rehabilitation Programs in the United States.The team includes:

  • Board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Registered dietitian
  • Medical assistant
  • research assistant
  • Social worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Child psychologist

Why Choose UHealth?

Comprehensive, family-centered care. We offer comprehensive, interdisciplinary care and management of complex medical conditions, as well as the continual involvement of parents and families. Our team spearheaded family-centered care as a standard for pediatric critical care, involving parents and families in our doctors' daily rounds to provide updates on status and progress.

Treating young patients from all over the world. Our specialists have significant experience taking care of a culturally diverse patient population. Children and their families come from all over the world to receive quality care, compassionately delivered by outstanding pediatric specialists and other skilled medical professionals within our facilities.

Top-notch care in an academic health system. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide your child with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes possible. We’re the only academic health center in South Florida with developmental and behavioral pediatric specialists on staff.

Commitment to research and education. As part of a university-based health system, our critical care team is involved in several clinical trials at any given time. Our department houses a three-year fellowship program in pediatric critical care. Our ongoing involvement in research and training the next generation of pediatric critical care providers allows us to offer the latest innovative, emerging treatments more quickly and safely than other facilities.

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