Adults lack the regenerative biology that is found in fetal tissues. As a result, we are prone to scarring and other issues when we are healing from disease or injury. Amniotic tissue is fully transplantable and can help our bodies mimic the ease of regeneration seen in fetal tissue. The result is quicker recovery times, more complete recovery and fewer scars and adhesions.
What Is Amniotic Tissue Therapy?
The amniotic membrane is the inner layer of the placenta, which surround a baby during pregnancy. The amniotic membrane is the only tissue that is universally appropriate for transplant, as it is naturally designed for acceptance by the immune system. It is separated easily into two distinct layers: the epithelial cells, which can be removed with cell scraping, and the amnion layer, which is the fetal side.
There are two types of cells present in the amniotic membrane: stromal cells and epithelial cells. Both of these have features that are very similar to stem cells. The tissue is also high in collagen and biologically active cells. They are both able to differentiate in vivo, and can both protect and stimulate injured tissue to treat disease or injury. Amniotic membrane is widely available and is not tumorigenic, making it an excellent choice for interventional therapies when more conservative approaches have been ineffective.
Amniotic membrane has been used in medicine for over a century. Cryopreserved amniotic membrane has been shown to help with regenerative healing while also cutting down on inflammation, adhesion, and scarring. Other methods use dehydrated tissue; this method offers the advantage of tissue that can be safely used for a longer period of time.
Amniotic membrane is collected through elective donation of tissue during elective Cesarean births. Donor suitability is determined with the aid of medical, physical, and social screening to ensure that every product procured is safe for transplantation into patients.
Amniotic membrane has been shown to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain. It also has the benefit of shorter recovery times and lower levels of side effects.
How Is Amniotic Tissue Therapy Performed?
This treatment is considered minimally invasive. Your procedure will start with sterilization of the area to be treated. You will typically be given a local anesthesia to make you more comfortable during the procedure.
Using X-ray or ultrasound imaging guidance, a needle is inserted into the area to be treated. The amniotic tissue is then injected directly to the injured area.
Afterward, some soreness and bruising at the treatment site is normal. These usually resolve within a couple of days of your procedure. You can reduce pain by applying ice packs to the treatment site.
Conditions Related to Amniotic Tissue Therapy
Amniotic tissue and fluid can be used to treat chronic conditions that include:
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Plantar Fasciosis
- Chronic tendinosis
- Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Shoulder Pain
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