What is Faecal Microbiota Transplant?
Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is the controlled transfer of good bacteria, or flora, from the faeces of a healthy human donor into the bowel of a person whose flora is missing or unhealthy.
FMT is successful in treating Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)—an inflammatory condition of the large intestine. FMT is a gold standard treatment in Australia and other parts of the world for relapsing CDI that is untreated and unresponsive to antibiotics.
FMT may also be beneficial for people with irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal dysbiosis/colitis, Crohn’s disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, obesity and many other conditions that are untreatable and with recurrent symptoms. FMT is largely classified as an experimental procedure for these conditions until more research determines whether it is an effective cure.
“I am very passionate about FMT as a treatment for a range of medical issues as we have had great successes and I have seen the positive difference it has made for some very unwell patients.” Dr Nathan Connelly.
How do I know if FMT is suitable for me?
The first step is to visit your General Practitioner for a referral to see Dr Nathan Connelly at our consulting rooms in Essendon, or alternatively via teleconferencing if you are interstate or overseas.
Once you have a referral, please contact us on (03) 9372 0372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
At your appointment, Dr Connelly will talk with you about your medical condition and what to expect from having a FMT. He will also assess your suitability for a transplant—no two patients are the same and not everyone is suitable for FMT.
If Dr Connelly assesses you as being suitable for FMT, our booking staff will explain the fees. If you decide to proceed, we will book your procedure as soon as possible on a day that is suitable for you.
How is FMT done?
If you are a suitable FMT recipient, your initial transplant of healthy donor flora is likely to be via a colonoscopy* during a day procedure at Warringal Private Hospital.
The initial transplant in hospital may be followed by further treatments, such as a series of enemas. Dr Connelly will explain your individual treatment plan to you.
In the weeks after your procedure, you will see Dr Connelly for a follow up appointment—it’s important that you attend. We will also make review appointments for you to see Dr Connelly at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months post procedure. Skype is available for these appointments if required.
* some patients may receive their initial FMT via an enema.
How much does it cost?
The cost of FMT in based on your individual treatment plan and will start from $1150.
No Medicare rebates are available for FMT.
If you are living overseas or outside of Melbourne and require accommodation, please speak with our reception staff – they will be happy to recommend nearby accommodation at special rates for MVSC patients.
How are donors chosen?
All potential donors are thoroughly screened and tested. Their blood and stool samples are tested and they must complete a screening questionnaire. Only about one in 30 people qualify as donors.
Patients are able to recommend donors, however they too will be screened and tested before they are deemed suitable donors.
Most of our donors lead a healthy lifestyle and make the decision to become faecal donors to assist people who are unwell. Donors are paid and usually donate regularly.
To achieve the best results for our patients, we use fresh donor samples that are delivered to our office each day as required. Frozen donor samples are also available if required.
Have any questions?
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