Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy a better solution for patients suffering from joint, soft tissue and spine pain?
Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy utilizes amniotic fluid (AF) and placental based products. It is a natural, non-steroidal solution to reduce pain and inflammation. AF has been used for decades to treat multiple disorders. AF helps promote the repair and regeneration of soft tissue, intra-articular injuries, cartilage, menisci and joint injuries.
Where does the AF injection come from?
An AF injection is a graft derived solely from pure amniotic fluid, obtained from an elective, full-term live cesarean section delivery. All donors provide consent and are screened per FDA/AATB guidelines. Amniotic fluid (AF) is a marvelously complex and dynamic milieu that changes as pregnancy progresses. AF contains nutrients and growth factors that facilitate fetal growth, provides mechanical cushioning and antimicrobial effectors that protect the fetus, and allows assessment of fetal maturity and disease.
Does Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy use cord blood? What is the difference between cord blood and amniotic fluid?
Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy does not utilize cord blood. Cord blood is a different product that comes from the umbilical cord. According to the National Cord Blood Program, cord blood contains all the normal elements of blood – red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. But it is also rich in hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow. On the other hand, SCR uses amniotic fluid or placental tissue that is not blood and does not contain the normal elements of blood like red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Amniotic fluid contains growth factors, cytokines and extracellular matrix proteins. It is an injectable scaffold that utilizes a naturally formed mixture of bioactive molecules and solidifiable precursors. These elements work together to recruit the body’s own stem cells and healing components to help rebuild and regenerate new, healthy tissue.
Are Stem Cell Recruitment products FDA regulated?
Yes, Stem Cell Recruitment utilizes amniotic fluid and placental tissue products. These products are regulated and 361 compliant by the FDA. AF is considered a Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Product (HCT/Ps).
Does AF contain stem cells?
Stem Cell Recruitment utilizes amniotic fluid. Although an AF injection contains an impressive array of regenerative factors, there are no live stem cells. The product is intended to enhance and enable your body to repair itself by recruiting your own stem cells to begin the repair and regeneration…hence “Stem Cell Recruitment”!
Is the AF injection painful?
There is minimal to no pain involved in the injection, since it is introduced through a very small needle.
Can I go back to my usual work or daily activities?
Typically you are able to return to work the same day. Your physician will instruct you on any restrictions based on your specific injury.
What can I expect after having the AF injection?
Healing is unique to your injury and your body’s repair process, but the majority of patients can expect reduced inflammation within 24-48 hours of the injection. While patients may experience immediate relief, the complete reparative process can take up to 3-4 months. You should follow your physician’s instructions on returning to normal activities.
Will insurance cover the cost of the AF injection?
Yes, but only specific insurance companies do cover these innovative treatment therapies for wound care, joint, soft tissue and spine injuries. You may pay cash or use your private Health Savings Account (HSA or FSA) for cosmetic treatments. Speak with your physician to see if your insurance covers the Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy products.
How many AF injections are needed?
The number of AF injections needed depends on the type and severity of your injury. Your physician will determine the number of injections you should receive and the best timeline.
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