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Patients

Who will benefit from FMT?

FMT is extremely effective in the treatment of IBS, IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease and Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff). We are now able to treat C. Diff in children over age 4. FMT has also been used to effectively rid patients of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism and Type 2 Diabetes. Further research is emerging for treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and all autoimmune conditions.

What is involved in the procedure?

Patients are required to take a course of antibiotics prior to treatment to rid the gut of all bad bacteria. On completion of the antibiotics, a series of faecal transplant enemas are performed on a daily basis to repopulate the gut with healthy bacteria. Once the transplants begin, and for at least 4 weeks after, a particular diet must be followed to ensure the new, healthy bacteria is maintained.

The procedure is very low risk and has been found to be very effective, with patients seeing positive results often after only 1 treatment. Many patients will continue to see improvement throughout the treatment period, and over the following months.
Possible short term side effects include low fever, headaches, nausea, fatigue and flu-like symptoms.
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Cost

The initial consultation with Dr Froomes will cost $300. Patients are eligible for a $125 Medicare rebate, or $175 if they carry a pension card.
Each faecal transplant enema will cost $400. Health funds will not cover any of the treatment cost.

Post treatment diet

For at least 4 weeks after treatment a diet free from processed food, alcohol, sugar and drugs must be followed. Patients must consume wild caught fish, grass fed meat, free range eggs, a vast array of colourful fruit and vegetables, a small serve amount of gluten free grains and a small amount of fermented food such as greek yogurt or kefir. The focus of all food consumed should be on quality not quantity, and organic or biodynamic food should be consumed where possible.
A personalised nutrition plan can be written for you at no extra charge if you require.

Donor screening

Our donors are healthy, active individuals. All of our donors undergo a thorough screening process every six months to ensure that our patients are receiving the healthiest gut flora possible. Our donors are tested for Hepatitis A, B and C, HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, C.Diff, Giardia, parasites, Shigella, Salmonella and Campylobacter. On top of this, we ensure that our donors are non-smokers, do not use drugs, have not taken antibiotics in the past three months, have a BMI below 30, do not suffer from mental illness and are happy, energetic people. All donors also undergo a stool analysis to ensure that their gut is functioning well and that the balance of flora is optimal for the patient receiving the transplant.