AmnioFix Sports Med Injections
The Foot and Ankle team at Piedmont Orthopaedic offers AmnioFix Sports Med technology, which is an all-natural injection therapy designed for soft tissue injuries in the foot and ankle. AmnioFix is a good alternative for patients who are not interested in surgery or steroid injections, but have not found relief through more conservative options like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and bracing.
AmnioFix is composed of growth factors, which are powerful agents that are capable of stimulating cellular migration, cellular growth, cellular duplication and cellular differentiation. Some growth factors contained in AmnioFix signal local cells to help heal the damaged tissue.
What is AmnioFix Sports Med?
AmnioFix is a human amniotic membrane graft. There have been more than 120,000 allografts distributed for soft tissue applications in eye surgery, dental surgery, orthopedic surgery and wound care. Other forms of amniotic membrane have been used for almost 100 years. AmnioFix is amniotic membrane supplied in a powder form so surgeons may deliver the benefits of the tissue through an injection.
How it Works
Soft tissue injuries are often caused by either a trauma or overuse of the affected area. Micro-tears in the tissue form and become inflamed and the scar tissue may form and impede a full recovery. Conservative treatments options usually help heal the injury, but if additional treatment is necessary, you may consider AmnioFix injection therapy. AmnioFix contains naturally occuring agents that reduce inflammation and scar tissue formation and enhance healing of micro-tears in the soft tissue.
The AmnioFix injection is performed in the office as an outpatient procedure.
The Use of Amniotic Tissue
Amniotic tissue has been used to treat injuries since the early 1900's and is considered very safe. Amniotic membrane has been the subject of many scientific publications evaluating its use in:
- Reducing Inflammation
- Reducing Scar Tissue Formation
- Enhancing Healing of Micro-Tears in Soft Tissue
All of the amniotic membrane tissue for AmnioFix is donated by healthy consenting mothers undergoing scheduled Caesarean section. Amniotic membrane is a sac surrounding the baby and is typically discarded after the baby is born. The recovery of the membrane does not affect the baby or the delivery process and therefore the donation process does not share the ethical concerns associated with embryonic tissue. All tissue donors are tested for infectious diseases, similar to the testing done for blood donation. The amniotic membrane then undergoes a validated patented process to thoroughly clean and preserve the tissue, called the PURION Process.
Foot and Ankle Specialist in Middle Georgia
Pamela Onderko, DPM
Although known for her exceptional ability in wound treatment, Dr. Pamela Onderko is skilled in all types of foot and ankle care. Her treatment includes athletes, diabetics, common foot issues such as plantar fasciitis and bunions, and more ... Read More
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