Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
Miracle cure restores healthy digestive system
Gastrointestinal conditions – including functional bowel disorders and inflammatory bowel disease – may be caused by an upset of this gut microbiota. When that happens, the digestive system becomes imbalanced. The results can be devastating.
Clostridium difficile (c. difficile) is an infection of the colon that’s often caused by the use of antibiotics. C. difficile causes nearconstant diarrhea, debilitating stomach cramps, fatigue and weight loss. Patients dread leaving the house – even for school or work – for fear of not getting to a bathroom in time. The most extreme cases of c. difficile can lead to death.
The miracle of fecal microbiota transplantation
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), or simply fecal transplant, is the miracle cure for recurrent or severe c. difficile infections.
Providing almost instant relief, patients at the FMT Program at the University of Alberta Hospital, one of the few programs in Canada to perform fecal transplants, report a return-to-normal within 1 to 3 days of the procedure.
Fecal transplants are not complicated. Stool from a healthy person is transplanted, either by colonoscopy or in pill form, into the patient. The bacteria from the healthy stool quickly re-establish the right balance to the gut microbiota in the recipient, and return a patient back to a healthy state.
Pursuing a cure Crohn's disease
Ongoing research led by Dr. Dina Kao, a Gastroenterologist at the University of Alberta Hospital, is exploring the role of FMT in curing other gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines.