28 Mar Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy as a Surgery Alternative
At Integrated Pain Consultants, Dr. Nikesh Seth and his team are always looking for surgical alternatives. Surgeries can be risky, require a lot of healing time, and are expensive. Many patients want to avoid them when they can, and now with amniotic stem cell therapy, there may be another avenue for delaying surgery—or skipping it entirely.
According to the National Institute of Health, stem cell therapy is a “promising alternative” to surgery that taps the body’s own healing powers. It’s much less invasive and utilizes the stem cells already in the body. Stem cells are crucial for helping the healing process, but they are dormant until the body gets a signal that an injury has occurred.
In the natural process, stem cells will get that signal and follow platelets to the injury. Stem cells can turn into the same kind of cell that was injured in order to speed up healing. They can be used on tendons, bones, tissues, and ligaments. However, due to both aging and injuries accrued throughout life, we lose stem cells as we get older. Stem cell therapy fixes this issue by concentrating stem cells and directing them precisely into the area that needs healing.
An amniotic stem cell session is fast. It takes around 15 minutes, and many patients report pain relief in as little as 24 hours. There is no surgery, no anesthesia, and no downtime. Many patients say that they are pain-free within a month, although numerous sessions may be required depending on the extent of the injury.
More than 10,000 amniotic stem cell treatments have been performed in the United States, and there are no side effects. In Europe, where stem cell therapy has been available much longer, hundreds of thousands of people have been treated with zero side effects. Amniotic stem cell therapy uses the amniotic sac, and never an embryo. There can be some confusion over this, but rest assured that amniotic stem cell therapy is ethically and morally sound.
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Like a cortisone shot, stem cells have an anti-inflammatory effect. However, they can be more effective than other types of injections because of their approach to healing. They allow for genuine healing of the damaged area, not blocking the pain signal. If you would like to learn more, connect with Integrated Pain Consultants to schedule your appointment today.