Procedure: Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy
What is Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy?
Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, proteins, cytokins, and other important compounds, which are some of the most fundamental cells in our bodies. Studies have shown this fluid to be naturally regenerative and can reduce inflammation and scars.
What is the purpose of the procedure?
Stem cell treatment takes advantage of the body’s ability to repair itself. These stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to cortisone and steroid injections. However, stem cell therapy goes far beyond the benefits of standard “injection therapy”. While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, stem cells actually restore degenerated tissues while providing pain relief. The growth factors in amniotic stem cells may replace damaged cells in the body. Additionally, stem cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility.
Where does Amniotic Stem Cell come from?
Amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus in pregnancy. During most pregnancies, this fluid is thrown away after birth. Now, however, consenting mothers of caesarean section babies can donate this fluid because of its amazing regenerative process. It is important to note, these cells come from the amniotic sac and are not part of the embryo.
What are the potential benefits?
Amniotic stem cell therapy is a very safe and effective treatment. There is no risk of rejection in the patient. The fluid contains the growth factors that help to stimulate tissue growth, stem cell activity and naturally reduce inflammation. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which acts as a lubricant and promotes cartilage growth.
What can I expect after the Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy?
The patient may have a mild to moderate discomfort which may last up to 1 week. There may be temporary worsening of symptoms due to a stimulation of the inflammatory response, which is necessary for healing. The doctor will instruct the patient in the use of heat, elevation, reduce activity, and analgesic medication for comfort. Also physical therapy or a therapeutic exercise program will be prescribed.
What should I do when I get home following the procedure?
Because amniotic stem cell therapy releases growth factors, it is important to not disturb the area of injection for at least 48 hours. Coastal Bend Pain Management asks that the patient refrain from activities other than necessary walking or driving in order to receive the maximum benefit of the amniotic stem cell growth factor stimulation. It is helpful if they can be sedentary for 48 hours, and refrain from any vigorous activity for up to 2 weeks following each procedure.
What medications can I take?
Please do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, or Aspirin. The patient may take Tylenol or may be prescribed an appropriate analgesic, if necessary. If the patient is on an 81mg daily dose of aspirin for cardiovascular reasons, please do not take it within the first 48 hours. The doctor will discuss other medications and instructions prior to the procedure, and will review instructions again after the procedure is complete.