Fecal Transplantation

Women's Medicine Collaborative

About Fecal Transplantation

What is fecal transplantation?

Your body has a lot of necessary (good) bacteria in its gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Fecal transplant involves taking stool from a healthy person and transferring it into a person suffering from a disease caused by reduced amounts of the necessary (good) bacteria. Fecal transplant is most commonly used as a treatment for a disease caused by overgrowth of a (bad) bacteria called Clostridium difficile (or C diff) when standard therapies have failed.

How does fecal transplant work?

Our GI tract contains thousands of different bacteria and other microorganisms which are essential to maintaining health. Antibiotics can disrupt these bacteria and allow disease-causing bacteria such as C diff to flourish. Fecal transplant involves transferring the necessary (good) microorganisms from a healthy donor into a patient with C diff infection. These bacteria then begin to grow in the patient's colon and prevent C diff from overgrowing again.

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For Patients

If you are interested in this treatment option, please complete the fecal transplant patient intake form and fax it to us at 401-793-7801, Attention: Maureen, RN, or mail to the address below:

Fecal Transplantation
West River Center
146 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904

Colleen Kelly, MD, gastroenterologist at the Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Medicine, will review the information you provide and we will be in touch with you to discuss making an appointment. 

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