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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Amniotic Tissue Transplant/ Stem Cell Therapy/ Regenerative Medicine

 

Regenerative Medicine is an exciting new area of clinical practice that focuses on the natural healing of chronically injured tissues which have become unable to heal themselves. This is accomplished by either replacing damaged, non-functional tissue with healthy cells or organs; or by stimulating the body’s own tissues to regenerate and repair themselves through the introduction of active biochemical messengers (growth factors) and scaffoldings.

 

The Problem- Degeneration-Wear and tear of normal daily activities results in micro injuries to our tissues – especially in weight bearing joints (foot and ankle arthritis) and lower extremity tendons (Achilles Tendinitis) and ligaments (Plaantar Fasciitis). The more active we are, the more micro trauma that occurs – ie, tennis and running lead to more wear and tear than a sedentary lifestyle. When we are young, this microtrauma is rapidly repaired by our body’s own defense mechanisms. But as we age, our ability to heal is diminished. Our cells become dormant and lose the ability to divide. Scar tissue forms instead of healthy tissue. Coupled with the fact that we are living longer, this becomes a big problem – especially if we want to remain active.

As a foot and ankle specialist in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, we see chronic problems such as Achilles Tendon Pain, Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain, Peronal Tendon and Posterior Tibial Tendon Pain, Anterior Tibial Tendon Pain, Foot and Ankle Arthritis, Painful Ankle Sprains, Peripheral Neuropathy, and other conditions on a daily basis. Before regenerative medicine or stem cell therapy (stem cell injections) became available, there was often no good conservative treatment option available. Surgery was often required. Now, in many cases these problems can be treated without drugs, cortisone or surgery!

**While they offer a wonderful solution for many patients, Please Note That Stem Cells, Amniotic Membrane Treatment and/or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are not the best treatment option for everyone or every condition! Therefore, it is extremely important that you are under the care of a physician who is thoroughly trained in and offers all forms of treatment for your condition! At Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons who are trained and experienced in all forms of conservative treatment as well, including Regenerative Medicine, so that we can provide the best option for the individual. If you visit a “Stem Cell Institute” you will receive biased advise towards Stem Cell or PRP treatment because that is all they offer! It may not be your best option.

 

 

 

Stem Cells are cells within the body which are capable of multiplying and dividing into different tissue types. We have varying numbers of different types of stem cells within different tissues in our bodies, such as bone marrow and fat. Mesenchymal stem cells are the type that can differentiate into tissues such as bone, tendon and muscle. These cells can be harvested from your own body, but this can be very painful. Further, the number of cells actually present in our aging tissues can be quite variable. Therefore, we prefer another source….

Amniotic Membrane, is a human tissue which consistently contains high numbers of mesenchymal stem cells. In addition, this tissue possesses properties which are extremely anti inflammatory, anti infective, and non immunogenic. They result in the replacement of normal tissue as opposed to scar tissue.

Amniotic Membrane Transplant tissue is collected from donor mother’s placentas at the time of c-section deliveries. The mothers have been thoroughly screened for infectious disease. The stem cells and stem cell products (chemical messengers, proteins and scaffolding for healing) are then separated out of the placentas, processed and preserved. This material may then be injected into sites of chronic tissue damage, where it stimulates the recipient’s body to heal those damaged tissues.

Amniotic Membrane Allografts are available in two forms, each offering slightly different benefits over the other.

  1. AmnioFix – Amniotic Membrane is carefully handled to remove the beneficial ingredients which are then “Purion” processed, dried, sterilized and micronized. These tiny particles arrive in our office in powder form, where they are mixed with sterile saline to create an injectable solution just before injection. Amniofix is sterile and therefore free of any concern for disease transmission. However, there are no live stem cells in this material – only the stem cell products such as growth factors and extracellular matrix which greatly accelerate, stimulate and assist your own body to heal itself. This treatment is also less expensive than live stem cell therapy

 

  1. BioDFactor – is Amniotic Membrane which is derived from human placental tissues/Amniotic Fluid at the time of c-section delivery. The material is then cryopreserved. This product contains growth factors, collagen and other structural components and may contain live mesenchymal stem cells. The material is not sterilized. The mothers are pre-screened for any infectious diseases and the tissue is tested before leaving the laboratory. Therefore the risk for disease is minimal. Working together, the stem cells and stem cell products in BioDFactor accelerate you r bodies healing potential exponentially in order to repair damaged tissues.

 

The results with these grafts have been amazing. Active adults with painful, chronic degenerated conditions have seen major improvements within days after one injection. Different than cortisone, which provides temporary relief of inflammation but can be detrimental to healing,

 

**While they offer a wonderful solution for many patients, Please Note That Stem Cells, Amniotic Membrane Treatment and/or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are not the best treatment option for everyone or every condition! Therefore, it is extremely important that you are under the care of a physician who is thoroughly trained in and offers all forms of treatment for your condition! At Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons who are trained and experienced in all forms of conservative treatment as well, including Regenerative Medicine, so that we can provide the best option for the individual. If you visit a “Stem Cell Institute” you will receive biased advise towards Stem Cell or PRP treatment because that is all they offer! It may not be your best option.

 

  1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – is NOT STEM CELLS. This treatment involves a process by which we separate out the portion of a patient’s blood which contains a high concentration of growth factors and inject it into the site of chronic injury. Blood is drawn from the patient and spun down in a centrifuge. The Platelet Rich Plasma portion of the blood is isolated in this fashion. Platelets are present at the initial stages of injury and known to release growth factors at the site, thereby initiating the healing processes. By injecting highly concentrated platelets into a chronic wound, growth factors greatly stimulate healing at that sight. This is safe in that it is autologous (from the patient’s own body) thereby eliminating the risk of rejection or disease transmission. It is also less expensive, but in our experience also less effective.

 

**While they offer a wonderful solution for many patients, Please Note That Stem Cells, Amniotic Membrane Treatment and/or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are not the best treatment option for everyone or every condition! Therefore, it is extremely important that you are under the care of a physician who is thoroughly trained in and offers all forms of treatment for your condition! At Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons who are trained and experienced in all forms of conservative treatment as well, including Regenerative Medicine, so that we can provide the best option for the individual. If you visit a “Stem Cell Institute” you will receive biased advise towards Stem Cell or PRP treatment because that is all they offer! It may not be your best option.

 

 

 

 

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