WHAT IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Regenerative Medicine is a form of tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. When injured or invaded by disease, our bodies have the innate response to heal and defend. Harnessing and enhancing the body’s own regenerative powers is a medical practice at the frontier of present day advancements whose properties can seem miraculous to those who benefit from them. The miracle, however, is the result of scientific exploration that has begun to unlock and utilize the body’s extraordinary ability to heal and restore itself.
WHAT ARE AMNIOTIC TISSUE TREATMENTS?
Amniotic Tissue Treatments are a bioactive tissue matrix allograft composed of dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (dHACM) that preserves and contains multiple extracellular matrix proteins, growth factors, cytokines, and other specialty proteins. Our Amniotic tissue treatment is the only FDA regulated product on the market!
HOW ARE AMNIOTIC TISSUES USED FOR TREATMENT?
Research shows Amniotic Tissue Treatments encourage positive results in regenerative medicine. Published studies on the benefits and efficacy of amniotic tissue in wounds date back over 100 years. Amnio Technology is focused on optimizing the regenerative potential and clinical use of these unique tissues. Their ability can provide positive outcomes for conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, tendinopathies and many other painful issues.
WHERE DO AMNIOTIC TISSUES COME FROM?
Amniotic Tissues are donated by healthy, consenting mothers undergoing scheduled Caesarean sections. The amniotic membrane is the cover (membrane) surrounding the baby, and is typically discarded after the baby is born. The recovery of the membrane does not affect the baby or the delivery process.
All tissue donors are tested for infectious diseases, similar to the testing done for blood donation. The amniotic membrane then undergoes a validated proprietary process to thoroughly cleanse and preserve the tissue, called the PURION Process. The steps of the PURION Process include: cleansing the tissue, drying the tissue, and sterilization.
Our allografts are procured and processed in the United States according to the standards and/or regulations established by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
A stem cell is an undifferentiated cell that has the potential to change into a very specific kind of cell. A stem cell, for example, might turn into a blood, skin, bone, cartilage or nerve impulse-transmitting cell. As highly adaptable, self-dividing cells, stem cells have an essential role in the body’s growth and repair processes. Because stem cells are full of so much potential, they are extremely helpful in healing patients who are suffering from injury. Some even go far as to say stem cell therapy is the holy grail of regenerative medicine.
HOW ARE STEM CELLS USED FOR TREATMENT?
There is research that shows stem cells show encouraging results in regenerative medicine. As these cells differentiate, they have the ability to grow into muscle, cartilage and other forms of tissue and to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Their ability can provide positive outcomes for conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, tendinopathies and many other painful issues.
WHERE DO STEM CELLS COME FROM?
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) can be found in nearly every tissue of the body. MSCs are obtained from amniotic tissue and umbilical cord which allows no harm to the mother or her newborn.
HOW DOES REGENERATIVE MEDICINE WORK?
Cells are the building blocks of tissue, and tissues are the basic unit of function in the body. Generally, groups of cells make and secrete their own support structures, called extracellular matrix. This matrix, or scaffold, does more than just support the cells; it also acts as a relay station for various signaling molecules. Thus, cells receive messages from many sources that become available from the local environment. Each signal can start a chain of responses that determine what happens to the cell. Through medical technology we can now understand how individual cells respond to signals, interact with their environment and organize themselves into a healing process. Scaffolds are created utilizing various Regenerative Medicine therapies allowing the tissue to “self-assemble”.
WHAT CAN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE BE USED FOR?
Regenerative medicine can be used for a multitude of conditions including, but not limited to pain management, sports injuries, spinal condition, podiatry, wound care, aesthetics, anti-aging, male enhancement, vaginal rejuvenation, hair restoration, the list goes on and on.
IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE SAFE?
Prior to a scheduled cesarean section, consenting mothers are screened and evaluated. Within thirty days of scheduled delivery the mother is serologically tested, per the standards of the FDA and the American Association of Tissue Banks, to rule out any transmissible diseases or other contraindications. Once serology reports and donor chart is reviewed by the Medical Director or designee, the fluid/tissue is aseptically processed in a controlled environment via a gentle filtration and centrifugation cycle to remove tissue debris. Analysis is performed on the final product to analyze growth factors and cytokine content.
WHAT COMPLICATIONS CAN ARISE FROM USING REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Very, very few complications exist with regenerative medicine therapy. Products obtained from the amniotic fluid, placenta and umbilical cord are immunologically privileged meaning they do not cause an immune response or graft vs. host reaction (the body will not reject) and adverse reaction is extremely rare.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Due to the nature of birth tissues, regenerative medicine can be used for pain management, osteoarthritis, wound healing, surgical procedures, sports injuries, facial rejuvenation, male enhancement and erectile dysfunction to name a few.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT THERAPY WORKS BEST FOR ME?
Based on your condition or injury your physician will customize a treatment plan for you and determine what therapy, or combination thereof, will work best for you.
WILL THE PROCEDURE BE PAINFUL?
In most cases the procedure involves a simple injection and takes very little time. Guided imaging may be used depending on the area of the body being treated.
WHAT IS MY RECOVERY TIME?
Most patients experience little, if any, recovery time from the procedures? Your physician will provide you with the aftercare instructions prior to your returning home.
WILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY PAY FOR MY TREATMENTS?
Insurance coverages varies by state but in most cases no, your treatment is not covered. Your physician may provide you with an itemized statement so you may personally file a claim to your insurance provider.
WHAT IS THE COST OF TREATMENT?
The cost for regenerative medicine therapy is based on the procedure and type of product needed.
WHY REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
The biggest advantage to regenerative medicine therapy is, under the right circumstances, reducing pain, prolonging or eliminating the need for a surgical procedure and going back to living your life the way it was meant to be lived.