After I tried fecal transplantation the first time, my GI did a colonoscopy. He was amazed at the recovery, kept saying how amazing it was, and said my colon was 98% healed. He was puzzled because one to two weeks earlier I had seen him because I was Pred dependent at 25 mgs. I told him that after seeing him I did fecal transplantation and went into remission immediately. He was surprised that I would do something like that without a doctor's approval. He said it was too early to tell whether or not the fecal transplantation worked and recommended me to take maintenance meds for the rest of my life. He said I would probably flare if I didn't. I didn't take the maintenance meds and started showing symptoms of flaring two years later after being on antibiotics three times for a resistant bladder infection. He gave me Canasa suppositories. That flare went away within a week. Since I was able to get the flare under control so easily, he agreed to my not taking maintenance meds as long as I came to see him as soon as I had any symptoms of a flare. I never needed to go back. He retired about
a year after that. (I was kind of surprised because he had acted like he would be doing my colonoscopies for many, many years when I had first seen him.)
So I picked up my records and went to see a new GI. I told him I did fecal transplantation on two separate occasions, was in remission, and was not taking meds. He didn't understand why I would go to see him if I wasn't on meds. (I had to give the records to someone.) He told me that he keeps up to date on IBD advancements, and yes the medical community is finding out that bacteria plays a strong role in this disease. The problem is that no one knows how. As for probiotics, he wouldn't prescribe them. He said that no one knows which bacteria help and that he's found that probiotics don't really help that much considering how expensive they are. He feels that more research needs to be done in regard to bacteria's role in IBD.
As for me, I find that fecal transplantation is way more effective than probiotics; so I didn't press the issue. I bought some over-the-counter ones. However, I haven't been taking them. I don't really see the reason to since they can't multiple in the colon, and my colon is doing fine.
I was disappointed that he got such rave reviews on Rate My Doctor. It was the reason I choose to see him when my GI retired.
That was over a year ago. I never went back.
Post Edited (subdued) : 9/10/2011 4:25:10 AM (GMT-6)