Amniotic Allograft Treatment to Speed Your Healing

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Many medical treatments involve using one part of the body to fix another. Veins from a chest, arm, or leg are used in heart surgery to bypass blocked arteries. Tendons are transferred from one place in the foot to another to restore movement in a joint. Even hair follicles are implanted to regrow hair on a bald head! In a similar manner, Amniotic/Chorionic allograft treatment uses placental membranes to help other tissues in your body heal more quickly and without as much scarring.

How the Amniotic allograft Works as a “Stem Cell Magnet”

Placental tissue is harvested and processed to clean, dehydrate, and sterilize it. It is then manipulated into one of several forms, such as membranes, wraps, and particulate matter. The material retains its basic collagen matrix and natural properties, but can be stored for several years in these forms.

The membranes can function as sterile grafts. These are placed over open wounds to provide a barrier and help close the wound more quickly. Wraps are often used around nerves that are being repaired surgically. Particulate matter may be used in an incision or open wound as well to aid in healing. Placental tissue can also be micronized into solution form. This allows the collagen and over 200 growth factors to be injected into soft tissue exactly where the damage is to help it heal more quickly.

The collagen helps recruit stem cells, thus we call it a “stem cell magnet” in your own body to gather at the site and begin to regenerate and repair your damaged tissues.

Conditions That Benefit from AmnioFix

The treatment can be used:

  • For healing heel pain.
  • For closing wounds. Non-healing wounds like diabetic foot ulcers or pressure sores, or venous leg ulcers can benefit not only from the protective graft that helps keep bacteria out but also from the growth factors that help the tissue regenerate more quickly.
  • For reducing scarring. Using the membrane to close surgical incisions reduces scarring that may happen with unaided healing. It also provides anti-inflammatory action at the site to help in later stages of soft tissue healing
  • For treating sports injuries. Amniotic allografts help heal soft tissue injuries that involve inflammation, damage, or rupture to tendons and ligaments. These include tendonitis, sprains, and damage to the plantar fascia.
  • For nerve surgery. The grafts have many similarities to nerve tissue and can be used to wrap a nerve after surgery to repair it. This gives it protection as well as encourages regeneration of the cells so the nerve can begin to function again.
  • For closing wounds. Non-healing wounds like diabetic foot ulcers or pressure sores, or venous leg ulcers can benefit not only from the protective graft that helps keep bacteria out but also from the growth factors that help the tissue regenerate more quickly.

A Double-Faceted Approach

At Parker Foot & Ankle we often combine AmnioFix with laser treatment to increase its effectiveness. The HyperBlue laser beams provide topical heating to increase blood circulation in the area, which provides the cells with more of the nutrients and oxygen needed for repair and growth. It can also have a pain relieving effect on damaged tissues. The “Ferrari” of therapeutic lasers, the robotic head, cutting edge MLS laser uses light energy to increase formulation of tiny blood vessels and improve the cells ability to use nutrients. It also accelerates normal biological processes and produced extracellular matrices to help form the foundation for tissue repair.

Houston’s High-Tech Podiatrist

Dr. Robert Parker has served the Houston area for several decades, but he is known for staying up-to-date with the latest technological advances in foot treatment. If you have questions about AmnioFix or are dealing with a painful ulcer or tendon problem, don’t hesitate to call Parker Foot & Ankle at (281) 497-2850 and set up a time to talk with him about your foot issues. You can also schedule online if you prefer. We’ll help you decide what treatment will be best for your situation, and enable you to stay as mobile as possible so you can enjoy your favorite activities once again.