Infections of the colon with C. difficile bacteria have become increasingly difficult management problem in healthcare. Over time, the bacteria have become increasingly resistant to standard antibiotic therapy. An alternative approach to the treatment of this infection is fecal transplantation, procedure to implant healthy bacteria into the colon to allow for eradication of the C. difficile infection.
Why to Consider a Fecal Transplant
C. difficile bacterial infection because significant symptoms including persistent diarrhea, weight loss and abdominal pain. The treatment with antibiotic therapy is sometimes ineffective in eradicating the infection. Fecal transplantation is successful in over 90% of cases in eradicating the infection and has proven to be an effective treatment for the management of this difficult infection.
Fecal Transplant Procedure
To transplant the healthy bacteria into the colon of the patient with the C. difficile infection, the bowel must be prepped beforehand for colonoscopy. The instrument would be advanced to the end of the colon and then the healthy donor bacteria are sprayed onto the lining of the colon. Response to the treatment is usually noted within days of the procedure.