The evaluation begins when we consult with your child’s referring doctor and review the data he or she has collected on your child’s condition. We will also request and review the notes from any gastrointestinal (GI) surgeries your child may have had.
Your child will undergo an extensive evaluation and nutritional analysis with all members of our intestinal rehabilitation team, to determine what type of intestinal rehabilitation method is best for your child. The evaluation may take several days or appointments, depending on what tests and screenings are needed for your child. It may include blood tests, X-rays or other radiological studies, and diagnostic procedures. After we have completed this testing, the intestinal rehabilitation team will tailor our recommendations to your child’s individual needs.
The goals of intestinal rehabilitation for your child include increasing weight gain and linear growth, decreasing stool output, improving hydration, and improving nutrient deficiencies. This may allow your child to be weaned off total parental nutrition (TPN).