The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) recognizes Cleveland Clinic as a center of excellence in nutrition support. The Digestive Disease Institute offers patients with many types of illnesses affecting the gastrointestinal system a comprehensive “one stop service” that includes diagnostic tools, medical treatment, nutrition support and surgical treatment when indicated.
An individual seeking consultation from our intestinal rehabilitation program can expect to go through a comprehensive assessment to determine the absorptive function of the gastrointestinal tract and establish if any nutritional deficiencies exist. A diet prescription can then be personalized based on the structure and function of the remaining gastrointestinal tract. Intensive diet instruction is provided to teach which foods and liquids will be most readily absorbed. Medications are also prescribed to improve digestive and absorptive function of the remaining bowel. A small number of patients have been found to have bowel out-of-circuit as a result of previous surgery. Sometimes, this can be put back into continuity with the rest of the usable bowel, so that absorptive function can be improved.
We can also assist with enhancing bowel adaptation in patients with intestinal failure in order to decrease reliance on parenteral nutrition. Additionally, these patients may be candidates for growth factors to help promote adaptation of the bowels and decrease their reliance on parenteral nutrition.
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