AmnioFix is a human amniotic membrane graft. There have been over 45,000 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 contains natural factors that reduce inflammation and scar tissue formation and enhance healing of micro-tears in soft 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
AmnioFix Injectable and Growth Factors
Growth factors are powerful agents that our bodies produce to signal cells to come to the target site and help the site to heal and help your own cells regenerate the damaged tissue. AmnioFix Injectable contains the following growth factors:
• Platelet Derived Growth Factor A & B (PDGF A & B) attracts stem cells for repairing the body
• Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) stimulates oxygen and nutrient flow
• Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-β) increases musculoskeletal connective tissue
• Epidermal Growth Factors stimulates connective tissue growth
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.
Is AmnioFix right for me?
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. Scar tissue may form and impede a full recovery.
You and your doctor should consider AmnioFix Injectable as an option if: You have been diagnosed with a tendon or soft tissue injury, have been using a conservative treatment such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and bracing that have not provided symptomatic relief of inflammation or if you want a non-steroidal option and have reached your limit of steroid injections. AmnioFix Injectable is an option to avoid surgery.
Common soft tissue injuries that benefit from AmnioFix Injectable include sprains. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, bursitis, tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
AmnioFix Injectable Procedure:
The entire AmnioFix injection process is very short and is generally performed on an outpatient basis. Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort, which typically subsides within 2-3 days. The injection site may appear red and be tender to the touch. You may apply ice and elevation as needed.
Is AmnioFix Safe?
All of the amniotic membrane tissue for the AmnioFix Injectable is donated by healthy consenting mothers undergoing scheduled caesarean sections. 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. 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 membranes then undergo a validated process to thoroughly clean and preserve the tissue (PURION® Process). The steps of the PURION® Process include cleansing the tissue, drying the tissue and electron-beam sterilization.
Laura C. Reese, D.O.
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgeon
Laura C. Reese, DO specializes in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Reese graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991 and has been practicing for 25 years. She is board certified and fellowship trained. Dr. Reese is affiliated with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Kings Daughters Medical Center, and Appalachian Regional Hosiptal. Dr. Reese accepts multiple insurance plans including Medicare.
Ashland Orthopedic Associates, P.S.C.
700 St. Christopher Drive
Medical Office Building 3, Suite 200, Ashland, KY