Intestinal failure

An overview of Providence Health Care’s services and resources for adults living with intestinal failure.


Intestinal failure is a rare condition where your small intestine cannot absorb (take in) the nutrients and fluids your body needs to function. 

The most common cause of intestinal failure is when more than half of your small intestine is removed through surgery. This is called Short Bowel Syndrome. Sometimes, people are also born with intestinal failure.


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Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2K5

Diagnosis & testing

To diagnose intestinal failure, we use several screening tests at Providence Health Care, including:

Treatment & management

Your treatment plan for intestinal failure will depend on how severe your symptoms are, where your symptoms are, and if you still have your colon.

Support services

Providence offers a variety of services to support those we care for. The following services may be of use or benefit to you and your families:

Support for Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Wellness Liaison Team is here to support your health journey. Team members offer cultural support and healthcare advocacy. Learn more below or call them at 604-682-2344,62937 or email

  • Indigenous wellness services

    The Indigenous Wellness Team at Providence is available to support Indigenous patients and their families. We are here to coordinate culturally safe wellness supports and services.

Education & resources

Clinical trials & research

Advances in treatments for intestinal conditions are all thanks to medical research. While participating in research is a decision you should make in consultation with your care team, there is much activity in this field, so please ask us about our research programs if you’re interested.

By taking part in research, you can help us all learn more about heart disease and find better ways to help people like you live and thrive. While you cannot assume benefit to yourself, your participation can improve care for future patients.

The following clinical trials are currently enrolling volunteers. Please ask your care team for more information or contact the research team listed on each study or trial. For other information about research at Providence Health Care, please visit Providence Research.

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