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My dad became very ill with C-diff almost 3 months ago. He was in hospital for 10 days then moved to skilled nursing where he has been since. He is having PT and OT everyday to help him walk again. He will be going to assisted living once discharged as he cannot live alone any longer. My issue is that he has had 3 more bouts of C-diff since the original time. I understand that it's very hard to get rid of, but today the nurse said she was going to see about getting him referred to a GI doc and maybe have a fecal transplant. Yes, it sounds disgusting but in trying to learn more it seems that it is done regularly with good success. I am wanting to know if anyone has dealt with this. My concern is mainly that everytime he starts to develop the infection again it affects him mentally as well as physically. I think similar to someone having a UTI. He starts to make such good progress then this happens again and he is setback.

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My sister had Medicare and they covered everything except the actual sample, for which they had to pay I think $500 to the actual donor. But the drs, equipment, procedure room etc. were all covered by medicare.
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My sister had a fecal transplant after recurrent C-diff. It worked really well for about a year. Then she had some further illnesses (not related to the C-diff) and after extensive hospitalization and IV antibiotic treatment, she developed C-diff again. I would say that it was very successful and it was only because she had such serious underlying health problems that the C-diff recurred in her case. They would have repeated the transplant except she was too ill to undergo the procedure again, and she ultimately died (but not from the C-diff).
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I have no personal experience but everything I have heard about it is positive. The only negative is that insurance may not cover it, but from what I've read about C-Diff most people would gladly pay any price to be rid of it for good. I think it is great you have doctors who are willing to consider this option.
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