Short bowel syndrome care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, digestive specialists (gastroenterologists) and nutrition specialists work as a multidisciplinary team to care for people with short bowel syndrome. Your team may include other professionals as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The treatments offered to people with short bowel syndrome include medications; nutrition counseling and nutritional support, such as parenteral nutrition; and sometimes surgery.

Your treatment options for short bowel syndrome will depend on what parts of your small intestine are affected, whether your colon is intact and your own preferences. Your care team will work with you to devise a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Doctors may recommend surgery for children and adults with short bowel syndrome. Types of surgery include procedures to slow the passage of nutrients or to lengthen the intestine (autologous gastrointestinal reconstruction), as well as small bowel transplantation (SBT).

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience with short bowel syndrome. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for nearly 350 people with short bowel syndrome.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.