GILBERT, AZ, January 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Clostridium difficile infections could pose a big problem for patients staying at hospitals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the infection caused by the bacteria-also known as C. diff-a healthcare-associated infection, because some of those most at risk are people who get medical care. Dr. Andrew Weinberg, Mesa gastroenterologist
, is now offering fecal transplants to help fight C. diff.
A person's colon is normally filled with a lot of bacteria most of it very good, but when that good bacterium is killed people can get very sick and often there is only one way to replenish the good bacteria-fecal transplants. Clostridium difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year. Those infected with the bacteria have symptoms that may include diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal pain. With a 90% success rate, fecal transplants have been proven to show immediate results in patients, which is further proof of why Dr. Weinberg, Mesa, AZ gastroenterologist
, utilizes this rare transplant procedure.
"The patients I see are very, very sick and sometimes antibiotics just don't cut it. A fecal transplant is often the best way to help get people with C. difficile get better. Within a day, most patients feel immediately better. It is a rare transplant, but it helps restore good bacteria into a person's colon," said Dr. Andrew Weinberg, gastroenterologist in Mesa, AZ
The infections are typically the result of taking antibiotics, which wipe out friendly bacteria in the colon that normally keep C. diff under control. Transplants of stool from screened donors-given by enema, colonoscopy or a tube down the throat-restore these bacteria. Until recently, fecal transplants have been on the fringe of mainstream medicine, but Dr. Andrew Weinberg believes that it could become the primary mode of therapy for patients who experience multiple recurrences.
With this advanced treatment method, Dr. Andrew Weinberg, gastroenterologist in Gilbert, AZ
, hopes to continue to provide a safe way for patients to feel better quickly. Although a rare transplant, fecal transplant can significantly improve the health of a person suffering from C. diff. For more information, Dr. Weinberg invites his patients to visit Weinberg Gastrointestinal's interactive website at http://www.weinberggi.com/
, or by calling his office at (480) 745-3690.
About Weinberg Gastrointestinal: Dr. Andrew Weinberg opened Weinberg Gastrointestinal in January of 2012, emphasizing complete compassionate care. At Weinberg Gastrointestinal, Dr. Weinberg's priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable setting for heartburn, colonoscopy and abdominal pain in Mesa
, among others. Dr. Weinberg received his D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. He also completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Before opening Weinberg Gastrointestinal, Dr. Weinberg practiced at Central Arizona Medical Associates, a community multi-specialty based practice in Mesa, AZ.
Dr. Andrew Weinberg
4915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 126
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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