What Is Amniotic Fluid Injections?
Amniotic tissue which includes the three layers of the membrane as well as the fluid that surrounds the baby in the womb has been used medically for over 100 years. The tissue has been used to cover extensive burns and promote healing. More recently advancements in refining and harvesting pure forms of fluid have resulted in a dramatic revolution in wound care and regenerative medicine. This fluid can be used to treat a variety of conditions including arthritic joints, ligamentous and tenderness tears, cosmetic applications, improve hair growth, accelerate healing of spinal injuries, including disc herniation with resultant nerve impingement and nerve inflammation, as well as a host of dermatologic conditions and muscular injuries. as the research improves the applications and indications will invariably grow, in the field of pain medicine, amniotic fluid is taken on a life of its own. Used anywhere from trigger point injections to the epidural space and along spinal nerves, amniotic fluid has been touted as a potential steroid replacement. Unlike steroids however repeating use is not associated with raising blood sugar, tissue degeneration, and weakening connective tissue.
Before and After the Procedure and the Risks
Amniotic Fluid Composition
Amniotic Fluid composition are the composition includes DNA signaling proteins, mesenchymal cell signals, cytokines and tissue regenerative fractures. Because there is no HLA antigens, rejection is rare.
Depending on the area of the body amniotic fluid is injected, the preparation will be different.
Yeah Merrick fluid is in a sterile condition and is diluted with some normal Celine.
No steroid is used with the amniotic fluid.
The resulting mixture is injected Sterali into the areas to be treated.
Ice can be used for any local pain.
Post procedure: avoid anti-inflammatory medications for at least six weeks.
Also avoid any other steroid containing products or injections if possible.
The idea is that the amniotic fluid needs to be able to create in mild inflammation and activate the cell signaling response to recruit regenerative cells and proteins.
Almost all of the risks of amniotic fluid injection relate only to the mechanical act of the injection.
By itself amniotic fluid carries almost no risk of crossinfection because of the paucity of cells.