Fecal transplants are not something that is done lightly. If you are considering this as a treatment option, please do thorough research on this procedure before deciding on the type, route, and dosage.
What you need to know about fecal transplants is that there are two methods of how they are done. First, fecal transplants are performed with the use of fecal matter to restore the balance of the healthy microbes in your intestinal tract. Then, fecal transplants use a fecal collection from individuals without medical indications.
How to perform a fecal transplant is incredibly simple. Your physician will prescribe the fecal matter. Then, a procedure called peristalsis helps carry the fecal matter to the area of the small intestine that you are interested in colonizing. Your doctor will then perform stool aspiration. This helps to obtain, mix and flush the feces into the toilet. If you have an area of undetermined urgency in the area, then a fecal smearing may be performed by your physician to aid in collection of the stool. If you have the opportunity to have a stool sample, make sure to sample well as to not miss important information about your health. A fecal sample should go through an ultrahigh-speed centrifugation before being stored at -120°C.
Once you have your sample, you have the freedom to go anywhere in America and order a colonoscopy. If you choose to, you will be given a rectal exam during which your physician and nurse perform a series of tests to determine whether or not you have cancer. If you have cancer, then you will be given a colonoscopy.
As for the use of fecal transplants in cancer treatment, several studies have suggested that a fecal transplant may be very helpful in fighting the disease. Several studies involving patients with cancer and healthy individuals have suggested that fecal transplants may have a positive impact on the remission rates. One study using a fecal transplant as an adjuvant therapy had results suggesting that the treatment significantly slowed the progression of cancer. A study to help identify the best candidate candidates for colonoscopy suggested that patients would have to live an average of 10 years without cancer to be eligible for the procedure. In a study analyzing fecal microbiota of patients under a variety of treatments, a comparison was made between fecal microbiota of a control group, patients who received antibiotics for colitis, and individuals treated with fecal microbiota from healthy donor. The results suggested that patients with colitis who were receiving antibiotics for a year or more showed a higher prevalence of bacteria that were believed to be linked to the intestinal condition.
While it is believed that most fecal transplants are beneficial for patients, some of the major drawbacks include:
1) The transplant is not typically covered by healthcare or financial plans. Some people may find it expensive.
2) The donor might not be the right person. A relative, close friend or colleague may make all the difference.
3) The transplant is not permanent. A fecal transplant is not a “cure-all”. It will be replaced with a new microbial community that is the result of a few different steps.
4) As noted above, there is risk involved with the procedure, as can be seen in many other procedures.
What should you do to obtain a fecal transplant?
The best way to do a fecal transplant is to contact your doctor to inquire about one. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to look into it:
What you need to know about fecal transplants are two things (1) the cost and (2) the procedures that need to happen. Most of the costs related to performing a fecal transplant vary greatly. You will need to make your own research to see what type of procedure (if any) is available that is most beneficial to you. Then, ask your doctor if fecal transplants are right for you. You can also call the following numbers to find out more about fecal transplants:
What are the steps that are involved in performing a fecal transplant?
The first step in determining you will be successful in obtaining a fecal transplant is to contact your doctor. The doctor will determine if there is a viable chance you are suitable for a fecal transplant and then will discuss the procedure with you. As previously discussed, your physician will perform a rectal exam to determine the status of your health. A stool sample will then be obtained. The stool sample will then be put through a ultra-high-speed centrifuging machine to obtain it (this helps ensure the bacterial content does not enter your bloodstream.