C. Diff. infections are an increasingly common problem, typically treated by one of two antibiotics.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
The colorectal surgeons at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates (http://www.LAcolon.com) have designed a treatment protocol and are collaborating with primary care physicians, infectious disease specialists, gastroenterologists, and outpatient surgical centers to ensure that Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT) is widely available to patients.
Clinical studies from numerous countries have demonstrated significant success in the treatment of hypervirulent strains of C. Diff. with the use of a Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT). Once considered an alternative therapy, this organic remedy improves patient outcomes to nearly 98% and decreases costs for the healthcare system as a whole.
FMT is considered to be an effective method of relieving symptoms and eliminating resistant or recurrent C. Diff. infections, even in patients in intensive care units. Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates is the only colon and rectal surgical group in the region to offer this new treatment. The transplantation is performed by one of their board certified surgeons.
C. Diff. infections are an increasingly common problem, typically treated by one of two antibiotics. However, the appearance of new antibiotic resistant strains of the bacteria, have prompted the development of alternative treatment methods.
Doctors Allen Kamrava, Gary Hoffman, Eiman Firoozmand, Liza Capiendo and Stephen Yoo have established an FMT protocol which involves taking a stool sample from a healthy individual and transplanting it into the colon of the infected patient. Approximately 98% of C. Diff. cases treated in this manner have been cured, making FMT the most successful treatment for this condition. Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT) is often recommended after there have been no signs of improvement following conventional treatments.
At Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, a clear protocol has been designed to help patients through the FMT process. The staff has created information packets to address the numerous and common questions that patients may have. The surgeons work closely with primary care physicians and other referring physicians during diagnosis and treatment. The FMT is performed in an outpatient facility and patients return home on the same day. In most patients, success or failure is noted within several days after the fecal transfer. As public awareness continues to grow, the doctors at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates have seen an increasing number of patients requesting FMT.
Most patients looking at additional treatment options welcome the alternative approach after experiencing failed treatments for C. Diff. With known risks no higher than that of a standard colonoscopy, and with the potential for a high cure rate only a few days after infusion, both patients and the surgeons at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates have been gratified by the treatment results.
About Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates was formed in 1957, and provides patients with focused diagnostic, compassionate medical and surgical treatment. The doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases that affect the colon, rectum, anus and pelvic floor. In addition to treating most patients in their offices, the physicians at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates take care of patients at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where they are on the teaching faculty. Outpatient surgery care is also performed at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates hosts a website which provides comprehensive information to help patients understand the various disease processes that affect the colon, rectum and anus. LAcolon.com serves as a guide for people looking to learn more about the care offered by LACRSA. Additional information about the individual physicians can also be found on the website. For convenience, there are downloadable forms available on the website for patients looking to schedule an appointment. LACRSA serves Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Culver City, the valley and all other parts of Southern California. The doctors also treat patients from many areas of the United States as well as international patients.
About La Peer Health Systems
La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and
focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments
available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, La Peer offers comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely
personal care in a safe and controlled environment.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates
9400 Brighton Way, Suite 307
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
+1 (310) 273-2310
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