Baptist Health Madisonville: Colon Health
Gastroenterologist CARROLL STEINFELD, MD explains fecal transplantation, advanced treatment for virus and bacteria in the colon. Symptoms: diarrhea, pain, and abnormal bowel movements after taking antibiotics.
Colon Health Health Talks Transcript
CARROLL STEINFELD, MD
We normally have flora or bacteria and viruses in our colon, in our intestines and when we take antibiotics or are immunocompromised for some reason this bacteria begins to grow and it releases a chemical that can make you quite ill, in fact be fatal. The most common symptoms are diarrhea usually within two to eight weeks after they took antibiotics for some condition. We have known for a number of years that we could do a fecal transplant with good results but it didn’t really catch on until the ‘90s and just recently in the last four to five years has become more commonplace.
What we do is take stool from a normal healthy person, usually a relative or a close friend, test it for various viruses, bacteria, infectious disease, then run it through a number of filters and inject this into the lumen of the colon. Success rate is somewhere between 89-95%. Following treatment and after a week, at the most 10 days, they’re pretty much back to normal.
They are back to having normal bowel movements, their pain and discomfort is gone, they should be back to normal.