Fecal Transplant

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A fecal transplant, also known as fecal bacteriotherapy, is a transplant of stool from one person to another. This process allows good bacteria to be restored in the colon. This bacteria is important because it helps us digest food and absorb needed nutrients. Sometimes after a long regimen of antibiotics, a patient can lose this good bacteria. To learn more about the benefits of a fecal transplant and how it can aid in digestion and overall colon health, connect with a GI specialist at GI Alliance to schedule an appointment.

Our feces carry a necessary type of bacteria called normal flora that helps with digestion, prevents allergic reactions, and boosts the immune system. The normal flora works within the digestive system to keep bad bacteria at bay. When the normal flora is destroyed during intense antibiotic treatments the balance is destroyed and your gastrointestinal tract will not function properly. In most cases, your body is able to restore the normal flora on its own but for others, it doesn’t regenerate fast enough to maintain the balance between good and bad bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Additional information on this procedure can be discussed at your next GI appointment. Schedule a consultation at GI Alliance with an experienced gastrointestinal specialist to get started.

In order to restore the good bacteria in an affected patient’s gastrointestinal tract, a healthy donor’s stool is necessary. The sample is taken from a healthy donor within six hours of the transplant. The stool is then tested for parasites and infection. After that, the stool is mixed with water and prepped to be transplanted.

The watery stool can be transplanted through an enema, feeding tube, or with a colonoscopy. The fecal solution can be spread through the entire large intestine with the colonoscope. Your health care provider will most likely suggest a preparation process similar to the following:

  • Disclose any allergies
  • Stop any antibiotic treatment two days before the procedure
  • Follow a liquid diet with an enema or laxative preparation for 24 hours preceding the fecal transplant
  • Any additional medication you will need to take

Learn more about the process by connecting with a gastrointestinal physician at GI Alliance. You can schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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Transplanting fecal matter can help to replace good bacteria in your colon and help you to digest food so that you absorb necessary nutrients. If you think that you’d benefit from a fecal transplant procedure, contact the GI specialists at GI Alliance for more information.

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