Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Research and Innovation

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Innovation At Work

In 2002, Boston Children's doctors performed the world's first serial transverse enteroplasty (STEP) procedure, a surgical technique developed by Tom Jaksic, MD and Heung Bae Kim, MD, which lengthens the bowels of children with short bowel syndrome.

Since its invention, Boston Children's doctors have performed 19 STEP procedures with increasing success, establishing Boston Children's Hospital as one of the preeminent hospitals in the world for the treatment of short bowel syndrome.

Finally, watch and listen to Drs. Kim, Jaksic and Duggan below as they describe the history and benefits of STEP.

How STEP works


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