Getting a fecal transplant in a pill might be just as effective as a colonoscopy
Getting a fecal transplant in a pill might be just as effective as getting one with a colonoscopy, according to new research. This could be very good news for people with a painful bowel infection, since taking a capsule by mouth is far less unpleasant than undergoing surgery.
Though the procedure is usually done via colonoscopy, in recent years scientists have developed frozen pills that do the same thing. In a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2664458), researchers found that the two methods were just as effective after 12 weeks. Patients might have to take a lot of pills for the therapy to work, but it’s still less painful and uncomfortable than an invasive procedure, which can cost $3,000 out of pocket.