Have a question? Check out the FAQs  below on regenerative medicine with stem cell activation therapy. If you are still looking for answers, contact us.

How helpful are stem cells?
After years of research it has recently been proven that the stem cells that are normally available in the amniotic fluid that is discarded during birth can actually hold the answers to finding new treatments for injuries and diseases.

The reason for this is because most of the time, injuries and diseases persist because the body’s natural immune system is too weak to counter the threat that they pose. However, the content of the amniotic stem cells contain regenerative abilities, which makes it easier for the body to kick start the rebuilding process where resources had been depleted in the first place.

While it has taken many years for stem cell therapy to become mainstream, it is now widely available and it is in a patient’s best interest to learn everything possible.

How do these cells develop?
In their natural and existing state, stem cells might not be able to be of any help to the body. They have the capability to turn into a lot of different kinds of cells – cartilage, tendon, ligament and bone.

Like incubation for baby chicks, when these cells are maintained in an appropriate enabling environment, they are able to develop into any of the types of cells that the body needs, such as liver cells, blood vessel cells, muscle cells and brain cells as well. It comes down to a “signal”, and that’s what the injury provides to the stem cells which start as a blank slate.

Human amniotic fluid stem cells have been transplanted into the brain of special laboratory mice, and when this happened, they eventually evolved and transformed into fully functional brain cells. Some of the cells also transformed and turned into bones in the mice.

It is such groundbreaking revelations that have made it easier to understand and appreciate the need for further research into this field.

How are the cells relevant in normal life?
Outside the confines of the laboratories, amniotic stem cells have already found use in so many areas. Their regenerative ability is one of the main reasons why the cells have been in use in plastic surgery, opthalmology, wound care and other specialties for so many years.

This is because when the cells are introduced into the body parts where degeneration of cells and tissue has taken place, they set to replenish the necessary tissues and cells where they are needed, and over time the individual is able to feel better again. This explains why amniotic stem cell therapy has also come highly recommended for patient that have arthritis.

What are the indications in orthopedics and pain management for amniotic stem cells?
There are a lot of indications for this treatment. For those patients who have degenerative or rheumatoid arthritis and are facing the possiblity of surgery, amniotic therapy may help prevent the need, or at the very least significantly delay it.

Apart from arthritis repair, there are a lot of soft tissue indications as well. This may include tendonits, tendon tears, ligament sprains and ligament tears. This either occurs during sports injuries, auto accidents, overuse injuries and the like.

Are there complications with the treatment?
Very, very few complications exist with the amniotic therapy. The fluid is immunologically privileged, meaning it does not cause a host versus graft situation. In addition, amniotic fluid actually contains antimicrobial fluid so infection is rare.
What are the outcomes of the treatment?
There are no large scale studies available for amniotic treatment. However, there are a considerable amount of smaller studies showing the benefits for patients for arthritis and soft tissue conditions.
How long does a typical amniotic treatment (non-surgical) treatment take?
Typically, the entire process takes less than an hour. The longest part is the decision making process between the patient and the doctor because they must review films and physical exams. The actual procedure takes 20 – 30 minutes.
How long is the typical recovery time after an Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy treatment, (non-surgical) joint treatment?
Usually, within 2 to 5 days there is no injection site pain, no residual swelling and no real functional limitations.
How soon will I notice improvement?
Amniotic stem cell treatments stimulate the growth and repair of connective tissues, which requires time. Typically, patients notice improvement after two weeks and continue to notice continual improvement months after the treatment.
Does a stem cell treatment consist of one or multiple injections?
Typically, we do from one to several stem cell injections per joint or tendon. This may vary depending on the severity and complexity of the joint or pain condition being treated.
How soon can I go back to my regular activities?
The procedure is same-day office procedure. Patients are usually sore during the first couple days after the injection. Patients can return to work the next day, depending on the site of the treatment and the physical activity that is required from the patient at their jobs.
What is the biggest advantage of an R3 Stem Cell amniotic treatment?
The biggest advantage of a non-surgical R3 Stem Cell procedure is, under the right circumstances, avoiding surgery and achieving the return to pain free living and getting back to your life as you knew it.