An Overview on Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections

Biologic treatment is continuing to gain popularity in the medical field as an innovative treatment option in patients suffering from pain due to injury or degeneration. This form of treatment is designed to help facilitate healing and accelerate recovery without surgery. A growing area of biologic treatment, also known as regenerative medicine, is the use of amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is naturally found in the amniotic sac during pregnancy. The fluid plays an important role in protecting the growing fetus, and is collected during a planned caesarian (C-section) birth without any harm to the mother or baby. Many orthopedic physicians have discovered the numerous healing benefits of amniotic fluid over the years, and have begun utilizing it in a medical setting. Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Jervis Yau offers Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections to his patients in order to assist with accelerated healing and recovery after a joint injury.

What is an Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injection?

Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections are amniotic fluid-derived allografts used to both protect and promote healing in an injured joint within the body. This cryopreserved injectable can help patients of all ages, especially those greater than 65, return to activities they enjoy often without surgery.

Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections help protect and promote healing in damaged tissue. Injected directly into the injured area, this biologic treatment can help facilitate healing in these common injuries:

  • Joint pain and inflammation
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Soft tissue injuries and defects
  • Partial thickness tendon tears
  • Chronic tendon injuries

How  are Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections Harvested from a Donor?

Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections are a form of biologic treatment harvested from a healthy woman during a planned C-section birth. Harvesting amniotic fluid causes no harm to the mother or baby. All donors are thoroughly tested and screened to protect all involved parties.  The amniotic fluid is tested according to standards that exceed regulatory agencies, and then is placed in fluid in a tissue bank until ready for use.

What can Patients Expect with Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections?

Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections can prove successful in patients of all ages who have experienced an orthopedic or sports related injury. The therapy is designed to safely and effectively promote healing and recovery of soft tissue damage.

Patients undergoing Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections can expect the healing process to begin within the first several weeks after injection. Patients typically notice full results after a few months. Many patients report healing and alleviated pain after one Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injection. The number of injections needed for injury healing will be discussed with each patient during a patient consultation with Dr. Yau.

Certain patients may experience pain or irritation at the injection site following treatment. Dr. Yau will discuss the risks and complications associated with Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections on an individual basis.

If you live in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area and are interested in Amniotic Fluid Preparation Injections, please contact the office of Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist.

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