Amniotic Stem Cells
By Steven Meier
Amniotic membrane and fluid also contain stem cells (amniotic stem cells). Like other types of regenerative cells, amniotic stem cells can differentiate and develop into a number of different types of tissue, including cartilage, skin, cardiac, nerves, muscle, and bone. The cells can be obtained through a safe and minimally invasive procedure known as amniocentesis, making them easier to access than those obtained from other parts of the body, such as the bone marrow.
At Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine, our team of orthopedic surgeons is devoted to applying the latest and most effective methods of regenerative medicine to the needs of patients. By combining amniotic stem cells and other forms of regenerative therapy with minimally invasive treatments, we are able to provide patients with effective care that allows the most complete recovery possible. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling us today at 310.736.2793.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Amniotic Fluid and Membrane
Amniotic stem cells contain large amounts of a particular type of regenerative cell known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). Mesenchymal stem cells have been playing a very important role in the development of regenerative medical treatments for many orthopedic conditions and sports injuries for quite some time.
The self renewal properties of MSCs allow board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Steven Meier and his team and Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Beverly Hills to use stem cell therapies to treat chronic joint pain and a number of common sports injuries and orthopedic problems, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Cartilage damage and deterioration
- Ligament strains and tears
- Chronic joint pain (knees, shoulders, hips)
- Spinal injuries and deformities
- Chronic low back pain
- Failed surgery and previously ineffective treatments
- Runner’s knee and jumper’s knee
- Golf and tennis elbow
The ability to develop into bone, muscle, fat, and cartilage gives mesenchymal stem cells great potential for orthopedic and sports injury treatments, especially for problems like cartilage deterioration, as cartilage does not grow back on its own once it wears down either through disease or an injury.
Benefits of Amniotic Stem Cells in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
The cells found in amniotic fluid and membrane have shown characteristics that are similar to both embryonic and adult stem cells. While all stem cells have the ability to differentiate into more specialized tissue and organs, they have different characteristics and properties depending on their origin. While embryonic cells are the most versatile, adult stem cells also have the capability to form into other cell types. One of the many benefits of amniotic stem cells is that they can be obtained without affecting the embryo or mother during pregnancy.
How Is Amniotic Stem Cell Treatment Administered?
Dr. Meier and his team offer regenerative injection therapy, a minimally invasive method to treat a range of conditions using amniotic stem cell treatment and other regenerative medicine modalities, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and prolotherapy.
Regenerative injection therapy (RIT) can be used as either a stand-alone treatment option, or in conjunction with surgery to help accelerate the healing and recovery process. Whether used as the primary treatment method or combined with surgery, stem cell injections have several advantages, including:
- Minimally invasive
- Stimulates the body’s natural biologic healing mechanisms
- Helps manage and alleviate inflammation
- Spurs tissue and cartilage development
- Rich in natural growth factors
- Promotes soft tissue regeneration
- Minimizes the formation of scar tissue
Amniotic Stem Cell Treatments and Surgery
In some cases, a combined treatment of stem cells and PRP can offer the best option for successful treatment of a musculoskeletal injury, or as a complement to surgery. Some of the benefits include:
- Lower risk of infections and complications
- Less inflammation
- Accelerated healing
Depending on the patient’s individual condition and the type of surgery, RIT can help to boost the recovery process and the time it takes the patient to get back on their feet, by potentially minimizing everything from post-operative pain to scarring and inflammation. The abundance of growth factors in regenerative medicine treatments also amplifies healing several levels over the body’s regular rate.
What type of orthopedic surgery works best with RIT?
Regenerative injection therapy can help enhance the healing process and minimize side effects for a number of orthopedic conditions. Some of the most effective results have been observed in
- Rotator cuff repair surgery
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction
- Meniscus repair
- Arthroscopic surgery
Is Amniotic Stem Cell Injection Therapy Right for Me?
Because regenerative medicine treatments replicate and enhance the body’s own natural healing process, anyone can benefit from the treatment. Consulting with a regenerative medicine expert and specialist with extensive knowledge of the treatments, as well as experience with clinical applications is the first step in finding the most appropriate form of treatment.
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Treatments in Beverly Hills
Board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Steven Meier and his team are giving new life to old joint injuries, as well as helping to alleviate chronic pain with regenerative medicine. To learn more about stem cells, prolotherapy, and platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) and whether it is right for you, contact Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Beverly Hills at 310.736.2793 to request a consultation today.
Next, read about Bone Marrow Stem Cells.