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Do you monitor my progress during the treatment?
Your program is individual and changes or adjustments to pre-agreed plans or approaches are sometimes made on a case-by-case basis; we are guided by outcomes and individual reactions, so some changes to the normal program may be made in consultation with your FMT Nutritional Therapist. Your progress is monitored daily and recorded each morning before the day’s treatment commences.
Can I experiment with different foods during my treatment?
During the program, experiment carefully with different foods. One at a time, gently try a little here and a little there, and keep a diary of everything you eat, along with some comments and observations. A daily journal can be really helpful to notice subtle and gradual changes.
What can I expect during treatment?
Treatment with FMT is individual. What you might notice is slight symptoms of reaction with a little gas, extra rumblings in the gut; days when you are more tired than others and even days when you may feel a little weepy or a little down or headachy. Talk to your therapist each day and she will help to put your mind at ease.
Do I need to take stool softeners before and during my treatment?
Continue to take OxyKlenz or some form of stool softener (osmotic salts preparations are the kindest), during your program to keep the bowel contents soft which will allow the implant material to pass by, going deeper into the bowel. Hard or formed faeces can act like a cork and prevent the entry of the implant, so keep taking OxyKlenz or your preferred alternative in the dosage you established during the preparation program, that you found was suitable for you. You will have a chance to discuss this with your therapist during the program days. Each day may be different from the day before.
Can I eat or drink immediately after the treatment?
Do not eat or drink immediately after the treatment, this can trigger the gastro-colic reflex and stimulate the bowel and we are trying to keep the bowel calm and encourage it to retain and hold the implant for as long as possible. Leave it at least an hour if you can.
Can I exercise during the program?
Do not plan vigorous or hard exercise during the program time; take long, leisurely walks and yoga or Pilates if that is your normal habit. But it you go to a gym, do the gentler exercises and steam, sauna and swim. The aim is not to stress the body, not to stimulate the peristaltic action of the bowel, particularly following the implant treatment. The emphasis is always on rest, relaxation and plenty of sleep.
Will I receive dietary advice?
We give dietary advice towards the end of the program as it is often unwise to change too many things at once and your body is getting used to the implants for the first few days. During your program, there is time for discussion with your FMT Nutritional Therapist, to give you tools and information about diet, how to feed your new microbiome and other ways to maximize your health.
Do I need to be local to the clinic?
If you are travelling any distance to get to the clinic daily (and we do recommend that you stay locally to avoid the stresses of travelling against the clock), aim to be there in good time and take time to sit in the waiting room, just to unwind and de-stress. This also allows for any traffic delays and does not disrupt the clinic timetable or your peace of mind when you arrive. Make sure you get lots of rest, lots of sleep and are as calm, relaxed and de-stressed as possible during your treatment program. Please note the clinic is closed from 1.30pm to 2.30pm each day, to allow for staff lunch break.
Can I drink before my treatment?
Try not to drink too much fluid before you come, being very slightly thirsty will help your body to hold and retain the fluid from the implant. We do not allow any foods or drinks into the treatment rooms for Health and Safety reasons.
Can I eat before my treatment?
Don’t eat a large meal immediately before your treatment; but please don’t come hungry – eat moderately so you are neither hungry nor over-full. You don’t need an empty stomach (as if you are having a colonoscopy), we recommend for you to eat lightly before your treatment.
How do you administer the implant?
Some FMT researchers use a ‘top-down” process where a nasogastric tube is inserted and tracked down through the esophagus and stomach, sometimes into the duodenum.
For a number of reasons (which include client comfort) we prefer to use a rectal catheter infusion of the implant that delivers the transplanted gut flora directly to the large bowel (colon).
Can you treat children?
In UK law, only paediatricians with a current medical licence can treat children under the age of 16. Therefore, at present Taymount Clinic CANNOT accept children under the age of 16 as clients.
This situation will change, when we engage a paediatrician to consult at Taymount Clinic. Until then, regrettably, we cannot treat children or provide advice to parents. It is an emotive subject and we fully understand parents’ desperation when they contact us for advice.
Taymount Bahamas Clinic has a resident paediatrician and will consider clients between the ages of 5 and 18. Each case is considered on its own merit through consultation and of course, travel to The Bahamas is necessary for any FMT programmes offered.
Is your FMT Programme available on the UK National Health Service?
We are a private clinic with no connection to the UK NHS. Any UK NHS client wishing to have this treatment paid for by the NHS will have to directly approach their own doctor to ask if their area CCG – Clinical Commissioning Group (formerly called a PCT – Primary Care Trust) will fund their treatment from the local health budget.
The Taymount Clinic cannot do this on a client’s behalf. As of this date we need to report that no CCG in the UK has offered to fund a client’s treatment. We have had two client referrals from leading NHS Gastroenterologists in the UK, but they are on the basis that the client funds their own Programme.
I had an excellent experience at the Taymount Clinic. The staff are universally helpful, friendly and very professional. I genuinely looked forward to my daily visits, I cannot recommend Taymount highly enough.
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