Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
What is FMT?
FMT, also called fecal transplant, and known as a stool transplant is the process of transplanting fecal bacteria from a healthy individual into a recipient as a treatment for Clostridium difficile infection (C.diff). Clostridium difficile produces side effects that range from diarrhea to pseudomembranous colitis. Beginning in 2000, hypervirulent strains of C. Diff. have emerged, which seem to be linked to antibiotics that are commonly used in empiric treatments.
FMT is also referred to as fecal bacteriotherapy, fecal transfusion, fecal transplant, stool transplant, fecal enema and human probiotic infusion. FMT involves restoration of the colonic flora by introducing healthy bacterial flora through infusion of stool, obtained from a healthy human donor. After thorough donor testing is completed, the fecal transplant material is then prepared and administered in a clinical environment. The fecal microbiota infusions can then be administered via various routes depending on suitability and ease. Our patients have found that admninistration through colonoscopy is generally the more preferred option.
How Effective is FMT?
FMT was once considered to be a “last resort therapy” by some medical professionals. This was due to its unusual nature and ‘invasiveness’ compared with traditional antibiotics; perceived potential risk of infection transmission; and lack of Medicare coverage for donor stool. However, the recent position by specialists in infectious diseases and other societies is moving away from fecal transplant as a last-resort treatment and toward acceptance of FMT as standard therapy for relapsing C.diff. The current cure rates using this treatment are over 90%, however our cure rates at RDS infusions are over 95%. Over the past 5 years, we have had great success treating C. diff. with FMT.
Where can I get a Fecal Transplant?
FMT has become an increasingly recognized treatment for recurring C. diff, especially now that the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommends the procedure. RDS Infusions is one of the few private clinics offering stool transplants in the United States. Our donors are regularly screened to ensure the highest quality fecal material for our patients. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this procedure, contact us.
$675 per Infusion
$1800 Three-day Treatment
Consultation with Physicians (By Phone)
$250 First Time
If you think FMT might benefit you, contact us here.
“I want to thank Dr. Shepard for probably saving my mother’s life after her C.Diff infection from a dog bite. I am so extremely thankful he was able to help her quickly and easily. She is terrified of doctors, and Dr. Shepard quickly eased her mind and helped her through the scary infection. I truly think because of her fragile heart condition, the typical antibiotic protocol would have made her much worse.
I’m so grateful for his advice and knowledge. She is doing fantastic and even feels better than she did before the infection! She spoke to her dentist about the procedure shortly after and found that another one of his patients did not survive C.Diff, and sadly, he was just about to pursue FMT but died before he could be treated. She’s so thankful Dr. Shepard helped her when so many other doctors are pushing to wait for too many recurrences. ”
— Lindy P. Athens, Georgia
“Wanted to update my hero’s. At almost 5 months since my procedure with Doc Sheperd, I’m CDIFF free.
My Intestines are far from perfect but doc I see here tells me to be patient. Having cdiff 5 years undiagnosed by these Boston :-), doctors will take time for intestines to heal. My energy level definitely has improved but not all days but more good than bad!!!
I’m not sure how to articulate my sincere gratitude to you all. But thank you for your patience and caring.
Thanks again and again,”
— Robert O.
“I have had gut problems all of my life but after going to Dr. Shepard and doing his probiotic program my gut feels better than it has in a very long time maybe ever. It just continues to improve. It’s working more normally, and I feel more calm and less nervous than usual. Thank you Dr. Shepard.”
— Beverly B.