Benjamin Basseri, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Benjamin Basseri, MD

Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist located in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Fecal Transplant Specialist

Dr. Basseri is one of the only approved providers of fecal transplant services in Beverly Hills and throughout the Greater Los Angeles, CA, region, offering safe, effective methods to ensure each patient receives the maximum benefits of this groundbreaking therapy for bowel diseases and disorders, including chronic, hard-to-treat infections.

Fecal Transplant Q & A

by Benjamin Basseri, MD

What is a fecal transplant?

Fecal transplant is a procedure that takes processed fecal matter from a healthy donor and implants it in the bowel of a patient with an acute or chronic bowel disease or disorder, with the aim or restoring the proper balance of beneficial that play a critical role in the health of the colon and the digestive system. Patients requiring fecal transplants typically have had their own colonies of helpful microorganisms suppressed or destroyed by the long-term use of antibiotics, which enables harmful bacteria like Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, to take hold. People with C. diff infections often suffer from debilitating and even life-threatening bouts of diarrhea. Fecal transplants have also been used in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive and autoimmune diseases.

How is fecal transplant performed?

Fecal transplant begins with a sample of fecal matter taken from a screened and healthy donor. The material is processed and mixed with a solution like saline to make implantation easier. Once the solution is prepared, it's introduced to the patient's colon through a simple, minimally-invasive procedure like colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or enema.

Is fecal transplant a new process?

No; in fact, fecal transplants were first documented in the first century BCE in China. It has been widely used in veterinary medicine for over a century, and around the world, fecal transplants have been used for decades to treat patients suffering from an array of digestive and bowel-related conditions. It has been used in the U.S. since the 1950s, but only recently received FDA classification as an investigational new drug (IND) and a biologic. That means only a very few providers, including our practice, are licensed to offer fecal transplant procedures.

Is fecal transplant safe?

Yes, only healthy, screened donors are used for the collection of fecal matter, and all donated samples are carefully prepared prior to implantation.

 

Insurance Plans Accepted

For your convenience, we've created a short list of the providers we accept. If you do not see your insurance provider listed on our site, please call our office to confirm coverage.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Medicare
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    “He is one of the best doctors I've ever dealt with, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is having GI issues. Thank you Dr. Basseri!”

    Robbie R.
  • Vitals

    "Clear, concise explanation of procedure and risks. He made sure I was comfortable with how we were to proceed and that all questions were answered. Top-notch."

    Patient
  • Yelp

    "I've seen Dr. Basseri for approximately a year now and I must say that he is the best, friendliest, honest, and trustworthy doctor I have ever seen."

    John D.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Basseri is a great diagnostician with great compassion. He took time to speak with me and discuss my diagnosis. Very skilled and talented."

    Steven L.
  • Vitals

    "I was impressed by Dr. Basseri's professionalism. He knows how to listen. That's the most important skill for a good doctor."

    Patient
  • Yelp

    "This man and his knowledge changed my life. I got my life back. Words cannot express my gratitude!!! Go see this man if you have any GI troubles. He's a true healer."

    Cara A.
Location
Benjamin Basseri, MD
8631 W 3rd St, Suite 1015E
Beverly Hills

Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 424-206-5002
Fax: 310-358-2266
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424-206-5002