small bowel transplant

Small Bowel Transplant at the Center for Intestinal Care and Transplant

The Center for Intestinal Care and Transplant at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, the only program in the Nation's capital and one of only a few Medicare-approved centers nationwide, offers new and successful surgical and medical options for adults and children suffering from disabling and life-threatening intestinal disorders and liver disease. Once considered experimental, intestinal transplantation is now an important surgical therapy.

About the Center for Intestinal Care and Transplant at MedStar Georgetown

Patients with small bowel disease may need to consider a small bowel transplant or intestinal surgery. In a small bowel transplant, the diseased portion of the small intestine is removed and replaced with a healthy small intestine from a donor. This procedure can be lifesaving for patients with irreversible intestinal failure that has become life-threatening. Learn more about small bowel disease

Why choose MedStar Georgetown for my small bowel transplant?

  • Expertise: Our small bowel transplant team manages about 20 small bowel transplant a year. 8-13 of those are for children 18 and younger.
  • Teamwork: our staff displays remarkable teamwork and offers patients the best possible care from a Transplant Team of different health professionals.
  • Availability: a transplant surgeon is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to evaluate organs for potential transplantation
  • Outcomes: Adult patient one-year survival rate is 80.97 percent, compared to 75.68 percent nationally. Pediatric patient one-year survival is 91.71 percent in contrast to 76.18 nationally.
  MedStar Georgetown U.S. Average 
Adult Patient Survival 80.36% 81.18%
Adult Graft Survival 80.97% 75.68%
Pediatric Patient Survival 91.35% 82.21%
Pediatric Graft Survival 91.71% 76.18%

Transplants performed July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2016, 


Evaluation - Small Bowel Transplant

Evaluation is a necessary stage of the transplant process as it is used to determine a patient’s eligibility for the procedure. MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute’s intestinal transplant team conducts a thorough evaluation that covers the span of three to five days. During the assessment the team reviews the patient's medical history, conducts a physical assessment, and performs series of tests.

Learn more about the small bowel transplant evaluation process

Small Bowel Transplant Process

During a small bowel transplant, the small intestine is surgically removed and replaced with a healthy organ. The blood vessels of the patient and donor intestine are connected to establish a blood supply to the transplanted intestine. The donor intestine is then linked with the patient's gastrointestinal tract.


An ileostomy is performed to allow body waste to pass directly out of the body and empty into a pouch. It surgically creates an opening through which the ileum, a section of the small intestine, is brought up through the abdominal wall. Most patients are able to have the ileostomy closed, in time.

Small Bowel Transplant Recovery

Most small bowel recipients spend several weeks in the hospital. Physicians closely monitor small bowel recipients for signs of organ rejection, infection, or other complications.

Learn more about small bowel transplant recovery


Make an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a small bowel transplant specialist, please call our scheduling line:



How can I qualify for small bowel transplantation?

Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to undergo a healthy small bowel transplantation process. Our program is based on the patient's physical, emotional and spiritual needs and welcomes the active participation of family members throughout the transplant process.

Transplant Clinic Lab Hours


7:30 am to 3:45 pm


7:30 am to 3:45 pm


7:30 am to 4:15 pm


7:30 am to 3:45 pm


7 am to 2:45 pm

Research & Clinical Trials

Research is a critical part of what we do at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Learn more about our research on treating and managing advanced disease and transplantation surgery.

Keeping Your Organ Healthy

The transplant process is a long and complicated one. Now that your healthy small bowel is functioning inside your body, you must assume responsibility for your everyday care.