The human body has a lot of necessary (good) bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Fecal transplant involves taking stool from a healthy person and transferring it into a person suffering from a disease caused by an imbalance in the amounts of the necessary (good) bacteria. Fecal transplant is most commonly used as a treatment for a disease caused by overgrowth of a bacteria called Clostridium diffiicile (or C diff) when standard therapies have failed.
Fecal transplant involves transferring the necessary microorganisms from a healthy donor into a patient with C diff infection. These bacteria then begin to grow in the patient's colon and prevent C diff from overgrowing again.
The procedure is performed by administering a solution of donor stoll and saline into your GI tract during a colonoscopy.
There are over 200 case reports in the world's medical literature to date, reporting an overall success rate of 90-95%.
South Bay Gastroenterology Medical Group is one of the very few providers in the country offering this service. We regularly receive referrals from large health institutions across Southern California for this procedure.