FMT procedure

Anatori Sealife Comments 0 31st October 2018
Colonic irrigation in Bexley for colon resculpting. FMT procedure

Faecal microbiology therapy (FMT) is for recurrent and severe Clostridium intractable infections (C-Diff). C-Diff is a bacterium present in some people’s intestines, and their problems can range from a mild illness with diarrhoea to a severe, life-threatening condition requiring hospitalisation.

Antibiotics are used every day to keep infections under control. However, a course of treatment like this does not bring down a very high recurrence rate, and there may not be a painful condition.


FMT can create a colony of bacteria that more effectively suppresses C-diff. This process is a “faecal donation” , placing faeces from another person into the intestines of patients with C-Diff. FMT is very useful in acute or chronically ill patients whose condition does not improve with conventional antibiotic treatment. In patients with three or more recurrences, the success rate usually reaches 90%.

To date, experience has shown that FMT is surprisingly safe. The risk of transmitting infection or disease from donor to recipient is infrequent. The dangers of FMT are mainly those associated with the procedure required for grafting donor stools (colonoscopy or endoscopy).

FMT procedure is an effective treatment of C-Diff

Patients who require FMT are often seriously ill and sometimes are in a state threatening their lives. However, the procedure gives hope of a final recovery to patients with incurable conditions from a medical point of view.

A conventional method is to transfer a stool sample during a colonoscopy. Ideally, the patient undergoes standard preparation for the colonoscopy.

In some cases, a more suitable method is to place a sample of faeces on top, i.e., endoscopically, where the endoscope reaches the end of the stomach.


Pill forms of therapy are not yet available for regular use initially with this procedure. A person mustn’t have transmitted diseases, such as hepatitis. Studies have shown that frozen stool specimens are also helpful in “curing” C-Diff.

In 2013, clinics began to receive samples from the “frozen stool bank” stored in medical centres, where they are in the right amount and are available for use if necessary. Donors undergo extensive screening with substantial expertise, history studies, and numerous analyses that confirm their current health.