Amniotic injections aren’t a new treatment. They’ve been used in surgeries, ophthalmology, and wound care for almost 70 years. Only recently, though, have doctors and orthopedic surgeons discovered how amniotic fluid injection can benefit patients suffering from orthopedic conditions, like arthritis, and acute sports injuries.
Amniotic fluid injections are a non-surgical therapy. Research shows that injecting amniotic growth factors into injured areas, or areas with damaged tissue, activates the body’s natural stem cells and promotes regeneration and regrowth of the damaged tissue.
Amniotic growth factor therapy can help a variety of acute or degenerative conditions, including:
Amniotic injections are a type of therapy that uses donated amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid contains a concentration of proteins, growth factors, and cytokines that activate the body’s natural stem cells. The combination of these elements makes amniotic injections a great non-surgical option for orthopedic injuries.
Amniotic fluid growth factors are derived from within the amniotic membrane of expectant mothers. Amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus during pregnancy and provides the necessary environment for the developing fetus to flourish. This is why amniotic fluid is rich in cytokines, stem cells, and other important growth factors.
The amniotic fluid for these injections is donated by mothers who consent to the donation prior to scheduled C-Sections. Typically, this fluid is discarded after delivery. Donation of amniotic fluid by the mother is collected by hospital staff who save the fluid, which is then transported to a tissue bank for testing and preparation.
Amniotic fluid growth factors are collected from donated amniotic fluid. They are never taken from fetal tissue.
There have been 10,000 amniotic fluid injections without a single reported adverse effect. The FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks require rigorous testing and screening of all specimens to ensure their safety and efficacy.
Most insurance companies consider amniotic fluid injections an experimental therapy and they do not cover the treatment. Longview Orthopedic Clinic is only able to offer them on a cash basis. However, we strive to make these treatments as cost-effective and possible and offer them for a fraction of what other clinics charge.
If you’re interested in amniotic fluid injections and other regenerative medicine, call Longview Orthopedic Clinic. We’ll be glad to work with you to determine if you’d make a good candidate for the treatment.