Amniotic Derived Fluid: Everything You Need To Know Plus Q & A’s
THE ABSOLUTE MOST IMPORTANT FACT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT AMNIOTIC DERIVED FLUID FOR TREATMENT/HEALING PURPOSE HAVE NO STEM CELLS. THE FLUID IS DERIVED FROM STEM CELLS IN THE AMNION OF THE PLACENTA. SO IF YOU READ ANY OTHER PROVIDER SITES THAT STATE THEIR AMNIOTIC DERIVED FLUID CONTAINS STEM CELLS, THIS IS 100% FALSE!
The amniotic fluid is an under-utilized source of stem cells, with therapeutic potential in the field of regenerative medicine. Stem cells from the amniotic fluid can be isolated and expanded easily, and have the ability to differentiate or change into various cell types without the risk of tumorigenesis. Emerging evidence from experimental models of disease has generated great interest in potential clinical applications of amniotic fluid stem cells for human tissue repair and regeneration. The latter, in combination with the lack of ethical concerns associated with other stem cell sources, makes stem cells derived from the amniotic fluid prime candidates for the development of novel therapies against a wide range of congenital and acquired human disorders. If you’ve been told that surgery is your only option to relieve your foot or ankle pain, joint pain, or other tissue damage, amniotic fluid injections may be a great safe, effective & non-steroidal option for you to consider.
Patients have reported improved pain relief and repair for the following:
– Spinal Injuries: Neck pain, mid or lower back pain, sacroiliac joints
– Joint Injuries: Knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, ankles, wrist, fingers, toes.
– Soft Tissue Injuries: Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis
Q) What is Amniotic Stem Cell derived fluid?
A) It is a fluid made from the non-controversial Stem Cells taken from the amnion lining of the placenta. It contains growth factors and other proteins which signal your body to rapidly begin healing and creating new, healthy tissue, as well as decreasing inflammation and easing pain.
Q) How is Amniotic Derived Fluid Acquired?
A) It comes from the scheduled C-sections where mothers have voluntarily donated their placenta. No harm is done to the mother or the baby and the placenta would just be thrown away if it was not used. The mothers are thoroughly screened for many different infectious agents, as required and regulated by the FDA. Once this fluid is cryopreserved (freeze dried), no stem cells survive. Some components do, however, survive this process:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Growth Factors
- Anti-inflammatory factors
- Anti-microbial properties
Another important fact is that amniotic products do not contain the HLA antigen which is a marker that allows your body to identify that a substance is foreign so allergic reactions are extremely rare and have not been reported with use of our product Axolotl Ambient.
Q) Why is an AF injection a better solution for patients?
A) It is a natural, non-steroidal solution to reduce pain, inflammation, and encourage repair. It also helps promote the repair and rejuvenation of soft tissue, joint injuries, cartilage, menisci and similar injuries.
Q) Is an AF treatment a substitute for surgery?
A) This is a great question that really depends on the nature of your injury. For many of the chronic and even acute injuries we treat as podiatrists, surgery can be avoided and is one of the advantages we see.
Q) Is the AF injection painful?
A) There is minimal to no pain involved in the injection since it is introduced through a very small needle.
Q) Can I go back to my usual work or daily activities?
A) Typically you are able to return to work the same day. We will instruct you on any restrictions based on your specific injury.
Q) What can I expect after having an AF injection?
A) Healing is unique to your injury and your body’s recovery process, but the majority of patients can expect reduced inflammation within a few hours of the injection. While patients may experience immediate relief, the complete repairative process can take up to 12 weeks. You will be instructed on what do to following your treatment.
Q) Will insurance cover the cost of the AF injection?
No, insurance companies do not cover some of the newest technologies and more innovative treatment therapies such as this. You may pay cash or use your private Health Savings Account (HSA or FSA) dollars. You will also be very surprised, if you qualify for treatment, how affordable these treatments are.
Q) How many AF injections are needed?
A) The number of AF injections needed dependent on the type and severity of your injury. During your consultation we will determine the number of injections you should receive and the best timeline.
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