What is Amniotic Allograft?
Human Amniotic Fluid Allograft is an acellular product that is used for numerous medical purposes including degenerative orthopedic conditions, chronic wounds, and acute sports injuries allowing patients an alternative to steroid injections and surgery. It is designed to enhance your body’s ability to heal itself. Amniotic fluid is rich in many nutrients, with hundreds of growth factors, cytokines, and proteins that can be beneficial in helping to regenerate damaged tissues.
The amniotic fluid products that we source come from one of the oldest tissue banks in the country which has been thoroughly inspected by the FDA. This product is obtained from volunteered-pre-screened-healthy donors who have been extensively tested for the disease. Amniotic fluid is obtained during full-term live Caesarean births.
Amniotic Fluid Allograft provides a matrix that helps address acute inflammation as well as long-term degeneration issues, ultimately leading to fewer cases that go on to surgery and more cases that may return to full function and normal daily activities. This product is usually not a covered service but in certain instances, it may be covered by your insurance.
Benefits of Amniotic Allograft Therapy
Amniotic tissue therapy represents one of the most exciting advancements in regenerative medicine today. Through plenty of research, we have discovered that amniotic tissue offers a number of benefits that make it an excellent option for treating things such as tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, soft tissue injuries, and repetitive motion injuries.
Here are eight benefits of amniotic tissue therapy for your consideration:
- Growth Factors in Amniotic Tissue
Amniotic tissue contains a cornucopia of growth factors that promote tissue regeneration in damaged areas of the body. Growth factors are key to regenerative medicine in that they replace damaged tissue rather than simply masking pain.
- It Is Collagen-Rich
As you already know, collagen ranks as one of the most abundant proteins in the human body. It is responsible for binding tissues together. Amniotic tissue is rich and collagen, so it can be used effectively to treat diseases and injuries to bone, muscle, tendons, and even skin.
- It Contains Other Proteins
The human body requires more than just collagen to recover from injuries and wounds. Once again, amniotic tissue is up to the task. It contains the full compendium of proteins necessary to maintain the baby in the womb. Those same proteins can be harnessed for regenerative medicine.
- It Is Antimicrobial
Amniotic tissue’s antimicrobial properties are extremely helpful for regenerative medicine. Antimicrobial properties prevent the growth of microorganisms and, in cases where such microorganisms already exist, eliminate them. This significantly reduces the risks associated with other treatments for wound recovery and chronic pain.
- It Is Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is always a problem when patients undergo invasive procedures. Not only is amniotic tissue therapy less invasive but it is also less likely to lead to inflammation thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of amniotic tissue. In fact, amniotic tissue can actually prevent inflammation rather than just reducing it.
- It Immune Privileged
Just as certain sites in the body can tolerate the introduction of antigens without inflammation, amniotic tissue can be injected into the site of injury or wound without inciting inflammation. In that sense, amniotic tissue is immune privileged. Immune privilege is the primary reason amniotic tissue is also anti-inflammatory.
- It Is Chorion-Free
The amniotic fluid allografts recommended by Apex Biologics contained no chorion. Therefore, the risk of adverse reactions to amniotic tissue among patients is reduced. Allografts that do contain chorion could potentially contain maternal antigens as well.
- Procedures Are Less Painful
As with all regenerative medicine procedures, amniotic tissue procedures are significantly less painful than invasive surgeries. Procedures are conducted using the least invasive injections possible, reducing immediate pain and discomfort as well as long-term pain caused by inflammation.
Why I should Consider Amniotic Allograft Therapy?
Amniotic Allograft injections offer an excellent alternative to steroid injections and surgery for many patients. Reach out to us to see if you are a good candidate for this therapy. Our double board-certified pain management physicians have decades of experience and will work with each patient to create a custom care plan so we may provide the highest possible level of service.