Fecal Transplant in Illinois
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What is a fecal transplant?
Fecal transplant, or fecal bacteriotherapy, helps to restore the good bacteria found in a patient's colon by transplanting stool from one person to another. Having healthy bacteria in the colon is important so you can absorb the necessary nutrients and digest food properly. Oftentimes, people will lose this good bacteria due to long rounds of antibiotic treatments and a fecal transplant is necessary to restore the balance of bacteria in the colon. To determine how a fecal transplant can better your overall colon health and benefit you, contact GI Alliance of Illinois to request a consultation.
Why is feces transplanted?
The health of your GI system is a balancing act between good and bad bacteria. These good bacteria work against bad bacteria to maintain this balance in our GI tract. Natural flora, a good bacteria, is found throughout our digestive system and in our feces. Natural flora helps boost our immune system, prevent allergic reactions, and aid in digestion. Intense treatments of antibiotics can destroy this natural flora and disrupt this balance. Oftentimes, our bodies can restore this flora quickly, but in some cases, the regeneration of the good bacteria is not fast enough, and help from a GI specialist is needed.
How is a fecal transplant performed?
Stool from a healthy donor is required for a fecal transplant to occur. Within six hours of the start time of the procedure, the donor stool sample is given and tested to make sure it does not contain any parasites or signs of infection. After it is cleared through testing, the stool is mixed with water and prepared for the transplant.
The transplant of the watery stool mixture can be done through the use of a feeding tube, an enema, or a colonoscopy. The colonoscope will allow for the fecal solution to be spread through the entire large intestine. The general process to prepare for the procedure include:
- Stop all antibiotics two days before the procedure
- 24-hour liquid diet with enema or laxative preparation before the procedure
Please review any allergies you may have with your GI Alliance of Illinois specialist. Your provider will also review any additional medications that you will need to take while preparing for this procedure. For further information about a fecal transplant in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, request a consultation to speak with a GI Alliance of Illinois provider in your area.
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Restore bacteria and nutrients
Maintaining the healthy balance between good and bad bacteria in our GI systems is very important for proper food digestion and to ensure we are getting the essential nutrients our bodies need. Fecal transplants help to restore the healthy bacteria found in the colon and might just be the solution you have been searching for. If are having a difficult time with your colon and you think you might benefit from a fecal transplant, request a consultation with one of our skilled GI Alliance of Illinois providers and let them help you get your GI health back on track.
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