Nutrition Management

Nutrition management and counseling is an integral part of the treatment process, whether or not you require medical or surgical intervention.

At the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center (IRTC), our specialized dietitians collaborate with physicians, pharmacists, and nurses to develop patient-specific nutritional plans for optimal outcomes.

They also provide individualized diet counseling in the hospital, at clinic appointments, or at your home.

Nutritional Therapies for Intestinal Disorders

You will go through a nutritional assessment to determine your appropriate needs and course of action.

Some nutritional therapies may include:

  • Enteral nutrition (tube feeding)
  • Diet modification
  • Electrolyte and fluid management

Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) is another type of therapy for people who cannot receive food orally because of severe intestinal failure or other gastrointestinal disorders.

This form of nutrition is intravenously injected into the blood stream and can take up to 10 to 12 hours per day.

Our dietitians assist with the management of TPN therapy, although many patients are able to administer TPN at home in the evening.

Tube Feeding at Home: Learn More

See our Patient Education Materials on Nutrition and Diet to learn more about:

Contact the IRTC

To learn more or to refer a patient, contact the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center.

Phone: 1-877-640-6746 or 412-647-5800
24-hour physician referral line: 1-800-544-2500
Fax: 412-647-5070

Email: transplant@upmc.edu

Communicate with us via our contact form.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

© UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com