Regenerative Medicine Overview
Regenerative medicine refers to therapies that are able to repair, restore and regenerate damaged tissues in the body. These treatments represent a significant advancement from traditional ones that only offer symptom relief as a proverbial “band-aid”.
Regenerative procedures come in two forms. Those that require a biologic harvest from the patient (PRP Therapy, bone marrow or adipose tissue), or those that come from an external source (e.g. amniotic fluid/membrane, and umbilical cord blood/tissue).
What do they contain?
The regenerative materials from amniotic and umbilical tissue include the following:
- Amniotic Fluid
- Placental membrane
- Umbilical Cord Tissue
- Umbilical Cord Blood
- Wharton’s Jelly
Functions provided by these materials translates into patient benefits because they can grow into all types of tissue and bone, and can even continuously provide benefits to the patient years after treatment.
Research performed on the products of conception have shown several benefits to what the materials contain including:
- High numbers of Stem Cells
- Concentrations of Growth Factors
- High numbers of Cytokines
- Additional elements including; exosomes, microsomes, secretomes, mRNA.
The best analogy applicable is that the products of conception produce regenerative materials that contain a full “orchestra” of components to treat patients!
How are they acquired?
The amniotic and umbilical cord tissues are obtained from healthy, consenting donors who are under the age of 35 and undergoing a scheduled c-section. The FDA strictly regulates the process of how these tissues are acquired, tested, processed and stored to ensure the highest level of patient safety.
During a normal, scheduled c-section, the products of conception are normally discarded. This includes the amniotic fluid, placenta, umbilical cord and accompanying materials. In this case, the products of conception are donated by the mother, with the baby being fine. The materials are placed in a sterile container and taken to the nearby FDA registered, certified laboratory right away.
What conditions benefit from their use?
The list of conditions that benefit from amniotic/umbilical procedures is extensive and continues to grow. With the way these biologics are regulated by the FDA, they may be used for conditions where physicians deem them to be safe and clinically useful.
In the research literature and from our provider’s experience, there are benefits being shown for:
- Arthritis: All Types
- Soft Tissue Conditions: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Ligament Injury(e.g. Achilles, Knee, Rotator Cuff)
- Sports Injuries
- Neurologic Conditions:
- Heart/Kidney/Lung Failure (e.g. Cardiomyopathy, COPD)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Migraines and Cluster Headaches
- Post Herpetic Neuralgia
- Pelvic Pain
- Back Pain
- Lyme Disease
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Phantom Limb Pain
- SI Joint Pain
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow