Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor has become the first hospital in Wales to offer a new procedure for patients who suffer with the debilitating symptoms of recurrent Clostridium difficile.
Clostridium difficile is a bacterial infection which affects the large bowel and commonly occurs following the use of antibiotics. The symptoms can include mild to severe diarrhoea and may include stomach pains and fever.
Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is a procedure which uses good bacteria from a donor’s faeces (either a family member or stranger), and transplant it into the patient suffering with Clostridium difficile.
Dr Jonathan Sutton, a Specialist Doctor in Gastroenterology at Ysbyty Gwynedd said: “Although FMT has obvious ‘aesthetic’ problems, it offers a cure in approximately 90% of patients who suffer with recurring Clostridium difficile.
“It is a straightforward procedure and once you get your head around it makes perfect sense as it replaces the good bacteria which have been lost due to antibiotic use.
“Interestingly despite people without Clostridium difficile being squeamish about FMT, patients who have suffered recurring problems are often extremely keen to have the procedure.”
Patient Michael Williams from Wrexham received his FMT treatment in February 2015, he said: “I’m very grateful to have been one of the first patients to have this procedure at Ysbyty Gwynedd. The procedure itself was fine for me and I was glad to have it. I’d had Clostridium difficile for quite a while and had tried the antibiotic treatment, but after about a week it always recurred.
“After my treatment, I noticed an improvement almost immediately. Although I received the treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd, I’ve been going to my local hospital, Wrexham Maelor to have my samples tested and I’m pleased to report that I’ve been ok since then. I’m very grateful for this treatment.”