Dr. McConnell uses Amniotic Allografts (amniotic tissue) as a regenerative treatment option due to its rich source of growth factors, hyaluronic acid, proteins, essential nutrients, and a low risk of immune response. Charleston Sports Medicine is harnessing the unique biologic properties of the placental tissues to improve clinical outcomes for our patients.
Amniotic Allografts are a tissue graft derived from placenta for orthopedic surgery, wound repair and accelerated healing. Regenerative treatments, such as Amniotic Allografts, have been shown to substantially shorten the time it takes for patients to make a healthy recovery from joint replacement, join reconstruction and spine surgery, returning them to normal activities quicker
Charleston Sports Medicine uses cryopreserved allograft derived from the human placental tissues developed for use as a wound covering in the treatment of localized tissue defects or areas of inflammation. This “tissue matrix” is derived from healthy, live donors that are pre-screened during pregnancy and selected with a rigorous screening process.
An amniotic tissue graft replaces the connective tissue that forms a protective covering for tendons and the spine that could help reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from these procedures. In tendon surgery, one challenge going through recovery is restoring proper movement to the area because the gliding function provided by the tendon’s protective covering or fascia is interrupted by the adhesions left from the surgery. Using amniotic tissue allografts restores that movement. Amniotic Allograft is an option for treatment of joint/tendon pain for patients seeking alternatives to surgery. Proven results of regenerative procedures such as allografts include patients with tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.
Amniotic Allograft FAQ
What are amniotic stem cells?
Amniotic tissue is derived from the amniotic sac and has the potential to become (regenerate) any one of a number of different cells, such as skin, blood, or bone cells. An injection of amniotic allograft may be useful in treating tissue voids, defects, and localized areas of inflammation. It provides a promising alternative to surgery by promoting safe and natural healing. The less invasive approach is available at Charleston Sports Medicine located on Daniel Island, SC.
Is Amniotic Regenerative Medicine safe and ethical?
Amniotic Tissue Allografts are both safe and effective. The injections have been used over 10,000 times in the United States with no reported adverse side effects and have a 100% safety record in Europe with 100,000’s of patients. Amniotic Tissue Allografts should not to be confused with stem cells from embryos. This type of stem cell comes from the amniotic sac – not an embryo. No ethical questions are raised for Amniotic Tissue Allografts.
What conditions can amniotic stem cell injections treat?
Amniotic stem cell therapy may be useful in treating pain associated with the following:
• knee osteoarthritis
• rotator cuff tendonitis
• degenerative arthritis
• Achilles tendonitis
• other related conditions
What benefits are included in amniotic injection therapy?
The benefits include:
• Steroid-free. Naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents.
• Injections contain hyaluronic acid (for lubricating cartilage and stimulating cartilage growth).
• Contains growth factors.
• No threat of patient rejection.
• High concentration of growth factors.
Allografts are donated from someone else and used in the patient. e most commonly used allogra is derived from amniotic tissues from the placenta obtained at the time of child delivery. e amnion tissue has immunologic protection and has very little risk in terms of being “rejected.” Although frequently classi ed as a “stem cell,” allogra s di er from Adipose Derived Mescenchymal stem cells. Allogra s have cellular components, combined with growth factors, which have the capacity to di erentiate into repair of the tissue being sought. Amniotic allogra s are great options for use in osteoarthritis and tendinopathy, including plantar fasciitis and other pathologies.
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