Stem Cell & Laser Therapy
The Team at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center are pleased to announce a new innovative treatment option for joint and tendon injuries, Stem Cell Injection Therapy.
This new technology has produced promising results for those patients suffering from joint and tendon injuries that have been unresponsive to traditional treatment, such as physical therapy, steroid injections etc. It is also a good option for those patients whose only alternative option is surgery. We have used Stem Cell Therapy in conjunction with surgical repair of the Foot and Ankle to optimize healing and repair.
What is Surfactor? (our product)
Surfactor is an injectable amniotic membrane allograft that is derived from a donated placenta obtained via cesarean delivery. It is processed to be acellular to allow for storage at ambient conditions ehile retainling the membrane's natural properties. It was developed to yield a high quality, cell-free product. This method extracts the membrane from the placental tissue, leaving only the amniotic membrane layer which is then processed into an acellular injectable product. This is a tightly controlled aseptic procedure regulated under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act. Surfactor's proprietary process retains beneficial componets of the amniotic membrane and generates a sterile allograft that is ready-to-use. This product is available in injectable form which affords surgeons a wide availability of applications.
How do Stem Cell Injections work?
Soft tissue injuries are often caused by overuse and micro-tearing ot the tissue. This leads to an inflammatory process within the tissue that impedes healing. Surfactor is comprised of growth factors which are powerful agents of healing. Growth factors stimulate cellular growth, migration and differentiation which leads to helping local cells heal damaged tissue. Stem Cell Treatments are performed in the office under local anesthesia without significant pain or discomfort.
Are Stem Cell Treatments safe?
Amniotic tissue has been used for years to treat injuries and wounds and are considered very safe. All of the Amniotic tissue in Surfactor is donated by healthy consenting mothers undergoing C-sections. Amniotic membrane is the sac surrounding the baby and is typically discarded after the baby is born. The recovery of the membrane does not affect the baby or delivery process and therefore the donation process does not apply to the ethical concerns associated with embryonic tissue. The amniotic membrane then goes through an extensive process to thoroughly clean and preserve the tissue.
Want to Learn more?
We will be happy to evaluate your conditon and determine if stem cell treatments are an option for you. Please schedule a consultation with us to learn more. Call (302) 355-0056 to schedule an appointment with our Doctors!