I recently participated in a medical study at the University of Washington Digestive Disease Center that may be interesting to other people diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Zisman is conducting a study using fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) via colonoscopy. The study is limited to 10 participants and when I last checked they were still enrolling patients.
Participants must meet certain criteria and there is a screening process for fecal donors. Patients may not be in remission, on biologic therapy, or be using probiotics. There may be other criteria for participation and there may some costs to participate in the study.
I have had UC for 40 years and was eager to participate in the study for both personal and altruistic reasons. I was happy to add data to the growing therapeutic options available to people with UC. I found Dr. Zisman and his research team to be professional, knowledgeable, and kind. The procedure itself, from a patients perspective, is just a colonoscopy. I have agreed to continue with some follow up screenings.
It has been about 4 weeks since I had the transplant and I have been asymptomatic since the procedure. I feel better then I have in years and am cautiously optimistic about my future health. This is such a confounding disease and I have learned so much from other patients. I hope other people with UC will find my experience helpful too.