Recent research has begun to draw attention to the collaborative relationship between our gut bacterial flora and many aspects of our physical and mental health.
Whilst still early days, it is well established that a common trait of chronic gut-related illness is a lack of diversity of bacterial species within the microbiome.
FMT is the most effective method of radically and immediately reinstating the healthy diversity that a microbiome requires to function properly. While the procedure is well established as a treatment for C. diff, there are several studies showing potential benefit for ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- How It Works
- The Procedure
- Donor Selection & Screening
How It Works
The microbiome is derived from the stool of the carefully screened donor, and prepared in a clinical environment to minimise the risk of disease transfer.
While the process involves the transfer of live bacteria, it has proven to be remarkably safe, with very few negative side-effects and a very low risk to the patient, as long as the donor screening protocols are adhered to.
An initial meeting during which you will be assessed for suitability of the treatment.
Your assessment will lead to a treatment recommendation.
The treatment is likely to involve a combination of preparatory steps leading up to the eventual procedure and post-procedure requirements. They are likely to include:
- Diet change
- Colonoscopy, orogastric tube, enema
- Top-up enemas (at home)
- Bowel preparation
- Probiotic supplements
Note - you will be provided with a patient booklet which will outline all of your requirements and key dates.
Donor Selection & Screening
Our screening program is based on the Current Consensus Guidance on Donor Screening and Stool Testing for FMT that were written in July 2013 by Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), American Society of Gastroenterology (ASGE), North American Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG).
Donor medical history questionnaires are filled out by all donors and screened by our doctors and our clinic nurse prior to medical examination. This is designed to screen all potential donors for any illnesses or health problems that would preclude FMT donation. It is similar to current protocols for screening blood donors and is comprehensive.
Selected donors must have a regular healthy bowel habit and avoid foods at risk of contamination and commence the high fibre diet to maintain and enrich their gut bacteria.
If you are interested in becoming a donor, click below.
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