Amniotic Tissue Injections
Knowledge of the healing effects of the fluid and tissue which surrounds a new born baby has been realized for more than one thousand years. The amniotic fluid and amniotic sac around the baby has high concentrations of collagen substrates, cellular components, growth factors, amino acids, carbohydrates, and cytokines. All of these elements are known to facilitate movement of new cells to the site of injury and help accelerate healing of damaged tissue. AmnioFlex is a commercial product comprised of human amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid components derived from the placental tissue of consenting mothers at the time of a live, full-term elective Cesarean birth. Amniotic tissue allografts do not involve fetal sacrifice and are processed and expertly prepared at a FDA registered facility.
When AmnioFlex is injected into your tissue, joint, or spinal area of concern it begins to work immediately. It’s complex make-up of healing components start to work together to aid in the healing and repair of the targeted site. It is known to contain key growth factors that can stimulate the repair of injured tissue.
Amniotic tissue injections should be considered for back or joint pain, cartilage defects, sports injuries such as tennis elbow or golfers elbow, and the pain of osteoarthritis. It is particularly useful in patients whose joint FAC test is negative. (see A2M section for more information on the FAC test)
Your Hill Country Pain doctor will use ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance to make sure the proper dose of AmnioFlex is placed accurately into the painful joint or tissue.
You may require 1-3 injections per site for this therapy to be effective, but most patients improve after one treatment. The majority of patients can expect reduction of inflammation within a few days of the injection. Total healing time is unique to your injury and your body’s recovery process. It can take up to 8 weeks to fully complete.
Insurance companies do not cover some of our newest regenerative therapies. However, you can pay for this therapy with cash, credit card, or use your health saving account plan or flexible spending plan (FSA).
If you have questions about AmnioFlex brand amniotic tissue allograft therapy and whether if might be useful in the treatment of your pain, please post your questions below.