Fecal Transplant FMT, also known as fecal microbiota transplant, human probiotic infusion, bacteriotherapy, and fecal transplant, is a powerful infusion of healthy colon flora treatment which has been used to treat c diff, aka C difficile infections, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune disease, dysbiotic gut flora as well as other conditions.
An extract of the stool of an extensively screened donor is suspended in solution and delivered to the patient via enema, which is then retained for 4-6 hours, or it is further refined and encapsulated. This treatment delivers the complete flora of a perfectly healthy, vital, healthy metabolic individual.
At Purety Family Medical Clinic, our fecal transplant doctors offer FMT via retention enema and via encapsulation, neither of which has any known serious adverse effects. Currently, the FDA allows FMT to be given for antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile infections, also known as C Diff, or CDI. Because of FDA regulation, we use this therapy for people with c diff. FMT has shown to be over 90% effective at treating refractory (antibiotic resistant) C diff infections.
We serve all of Santa Barbara county including Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Isla Vista, Hope Ranch, Summerland, Solvang, Santa Maria, Buellton, Lompoc, Guadalupe, and Montecito. We also frequently welcome our patients from Ventura County, San Luis Obispo County, Los Angeles County, and beyond.
FMT has proven to successfully re-establish a healthy gut flora in the recipient of healthy donor stool. In the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in September 2010, the Gastroenterology Department in New South Wales, Australia showed a durable alteration of the colonic microbiota by the administration of donor fecal flora. At 24 weeks after a fecal microbiota transplant procedure, bacterial populations in patients’ fecal samples consisted predominantly of bacteria derived from healthy donor samples. Similar comparisons were made and each recipient’s baseline sample was statistically significant with a Friedman test. To find out whether you meet our eligibility criteria for FMT, please visit our eligibility page.
- The first written record of fecal transplant FMT treatment is Ge Hong, who in the 4th Century CE successfully used oral-fecal suspension for food poisoning and severe diarrhea.
- Li Shizhen in 16th century CE used fermented, fresh, dried, or infant feces for severe diarrhea, vomiting and constipation.
- Christian Franz Paullini used by mouth fecal suspensions successfully for dysentery in the 17th century.
- Before 1982, Robert Carroll, ND used fecal transplant for a variety of autoimmune and GI conditions.
- Published in the Lancet, 1989 Jan 21 Treatment of ulcerative colitis by implantation of normal colonic flora. Bennet had 11 years of Ulcerative colitis, 7 years of steroid-dependency with severe symptoms if he dropped below 30 mg/d prednisone. At 3 months post-FMT retention enema he had no symptoms, came off prednisone, and colonoscopy revealed no active inflammation. Dr Bennet cured his own ulcerative colitis UC IBD with fecal transplant FMT. The was the first documented IBD treatment success with FMT.
- This led to the journal article published in the medical journal of Australia in 1989: Med J Aust. 1989 May 15;150(10):604 Bowel-flora alteration: a potential cure for inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome? Borody, George, Brandi, Noonan, Cole, Hyland, Morgan, Maysey, Moore-Jones D.
- Up to now, FMT fecal transplant treatment has been used to treat an array of gastrointestinal conditions successfully. To learn about the amazing success stories of fecal transplant FMT we encourage you to take a look at thepowerofpoop.com.
If you are interested in receiving guidance for at-home fecal microbiota transplant, either for C diff infection or another indication, we offer help with donor screening and, where appropriate, prescriptions for antibiotic pre-treatment to our patients who are able to visit the clinic in person. We also offer remote educational consultations and will work with your doctor(s) to help you receive the treatment you need if you are unable to come to our clinic in Santa Barbara.
We look forward to helping you in any way we can.