Are Amniotic Fluid products "stem cell" products?
In short, NO!
A new study, published in the March 9, 2019 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, seven commercial companies that provide amniotic fluid products (AFPs) were invited to participate in the study. Only 3 companies (the manufacturers of PalinGen®, FloGraft®, and Genesis® AFPs) agreed to participate and donated AFPs for analysis. The AFPs were evaluated for the presence of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and for various growth factors relevant to orthopedics.
The results showed that MSCs could not be identified in the commercial AFPs or the unprocessed amniotic fluid. MSCs WERE cultured from bone marrow aspirates (control group). Nucleated cells were found in 2 products (PalinGen and FloGraft), but most of these cells were dead. The few living cells that were found did not exhibit established characteristics of MSCs. However, growth factors were present in all products at varying levels.
BOTTOM LINE: Amniotic Fluid Products should NOT be considered "stem cell" therapies. This is important because an increasing number of "stem cell" clinics are popping up, offering "stem cell" treatments using AFPs. This is both deceitful and fraudulent. While these products DO contain some useful growth factors and they can play a role in regenerative medicine treatment, they are NOT "stem cell" treatments, and patients should use caution when considering receiving "stem cell" treatments from such clinics.
At the New England Stem Cell Institute our stem cells come ONLY from YOUR BODY! We adhere to the highest ethical standards as set forth by the Orthobiologic Ethics Consortium, to which were an original signatory.
Do you know EXACTLY what's being injected when you get a treatment?
Over the past year, at least 17 people have been hospitalized after being injected with products made from umbilical cord blood, according to state and federal health officials and patient reports. Sold as a miracle cure for a variety of intractable conditions, the injections have sickened people in five states. One product in particular was the main culprit. Read the linked story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/miraculous-stem-cell-therapy-has-sickened-people-in-five-states/2019/02/26/c04b23a4-3539-11e9-854a-7a14d7fec96a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.563891637e2c
Looking to profit from the rapidly growing stem cell market, an alarming number of clinics are popping up, many owned and operated by chiropractors who hire poorly trained providers to administer treatments. These clinics advertise "stem cell" treatments. But the products being injected contain NO stem cells. And as the story highlights, they may even be dangerous.
Here at the New England Stem Cell Institute we only use stem cells from YOUR OWN BODY. We abide by a strict code of ethics. And we never misrepresent what your treatment consists of.
Trust your PRP, stem cell, or other regenerative medicine treatment to New England's leading Regenerative Medicine provider - New England Stem Cell Institute. Call us today!
Are you considering "decompression shoulder surgery" (also known as subacromial decompression) for rotator cuff impingement?
A new study published in the Jan. 15, 2019 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that "subacromial decompression surgery provided no important benefit compared with placebo surgery or exercise therapy, and probably carries a small risk of serious harms."
Surgeons have hypothesized that shoulder impingement arises due the rotator cuff tendons getting pinched between the ball of the shoulder and the overhanging portion the shoulder blade (the acromion).
This mechanistic hypothesis has driven the use of subacromial decompression surgery—removal of the subacromial bursa and some bone from the acromion to prevent impingement on the rotator cuff tendons.
But the new British study calls into question the wisdom and benefits of surgery.
If you're looking for non-surgical alternatives to your orthopedic or musculoskeletal condition look no further than the New England Stem Cell Institute. We're nationally recognized leaders and pioneers in non-surgical orthopedics and Regenerative Medicine, including stem cell, PRP, amnion, placenta, umbilical cord blood, and Prolotherapy treatments. Contact us today!
Jan. 19, 2019 | Jupiter, FL
Dr. Tortland was the Moderator and a featured instructor at a stem cell and regenerative medicine course hosted by the Regenerative Medicine Training Institute. The hands-on course, titled "Hands-On Orthobiologics Clinical Applications, Techniques and Procedures for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Pain Management and Spine," saw 20 physicians from around the country (and one from the Philippines!) learn the knowledge and essential skills needed to begin to introduce regenerative medicine into their practices. Dr. Tortland moderated the morning's didactic lecture session, and he was an instructor in the afternoon's hands-on cadaver lab workshops. He also performed a live patient treatment in front of the group. (He holds a valid Florida medical license.). Dr. Tortland is an internationally recognized teacher in the field of Regenerative Medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Genetech, Inc. of San Diego, CA for marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for significant deviations from current good tissue practice (CGTP) and current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements, including some violations that may have led to microbial contamination, potentially causing serious blood infections in patients. Genetech processed umbilical cord blood from into unapproved human cellular products, which was distributed by Liveyon, LLC.
Genetech, and other similar companies, take donated human umbilical cord blood from woman giving birth and they process the blood, allegedly to extract the stem cells and growth factors. The final product is then packaged and marketed to physicians and clinics. In the case of Genetech, the product sold by Liveyon is marketed as containing viable stem cells. However, independent testing has verified that Liveyon contains NO live viable stem cells. In fact, there is NO commercially available product that contains ANY live viable stem cells. Period. The FDA is also sending letters to other firms and providers offering stem cell treatments notifying them of agency’s regenerative medicine policy framework.
Patients need to be educated on this last point because an increasing number of questionable "stem cell" clinics are marketing "stem cell" treatments involving the use of amnion, placenta, or cord blood-derived products. Such claims are not only completely fraudulent but also a violation of FDA regulations.
While orthobiologic products derived from human placenta, amniotic fluid/membrane, or cord blood CAN have therapeutic benefit (and here at the New England Stem Cell Institute we use some of these products very judiciously), they are NOT "stem cell" treatments. Currently the only FDA cleared stem cell treatments are those that use the patient's OWN stem cells, and only when processed according to approved FDA guidelines.
You can be fully assured that EVERYTHING we do here at the New England Stem Cell Institute complies fully with FDA guidelines, and we will NEVER do anything that puts our patients' health, and our reputation, at risk.
Full story: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm628918.htm
A new study published in the journal Cartilage showed that PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are significantly more effective than cortisone injections for treating symptomatic arthritis of the thumb.
33 patients were randomized to receive either 2 cortisone injections or 2 PRP injections, spaced 2 weeks apart. They were evaluated at 3 and 12 months after the 2nd injection. After 12 months' follow-up, the PRP treatment group showed significantly better results in comparison with the corticosteroids.
This study is important because 1) Many people suffer from arthritis of the thumbs; 2) It confirms via research what we've been seeing clinically-- that PRP does work, and 3) it provides a viable alternative to steroids, which have been shown to cause further joint deterioration when given repeatedly. Until the advent of PRP there had been very few good options for treating arthritis.
However not all PRP is the same! Rather than relying on one-size-fits all commercial PRP kits, we make our own PRP to insure the highest quality and most effective PRP, and we tailor it for the individual patient. Also, not all injections are given the same way, even when done under ultrasound. We've been doing PRP longer than anyone in New England, and longer than most in the country. Few have our level of skill and experience. And, we're nationally recognized experts in musculoskeletal ultrasound. Let us help you with your arthritis or chronic pain condition. Call today!
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Nov. 25, 2018
"Intra-articular injections of platelet-rich plasma [PRP] are associated with better outcomes than hyaluronic acid in knee osteoarthritis." So conclude the authors of a new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Surgery.
The study looked at 190 patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). (OA is the common "wear and tear" type.) 94 patients received PRP injections while 84 received hyaluronic acid injections. Each patient received 3 injections and were evaluated before injection, at 15 days, 6 months, 12 months, and at last follow-up. Hyaluronic acid-treated patients experienced a higher arthroscopic surgery rate (36.0% vs 5.3%), lower range of motion, and worse scores on standardized tests than the PRP-treated patients.
Hyaluronic acid injections are also common referred to as "HA" injections, "gel" injections, and "viscosupplementation" injections. Common commercial products include Synvisc®, Hyalgan®, Monovisc®, Gel-One®, and Euflexxa®, to name just a few. These products are commonly used to treat knee OA.
To learn more about PRP and how we can help you with your arthritis pain, click here!
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It’s no walk in the park to experience foot or ankle pain – literally, especially if everyone is out enjoying the warm weather while you’re stuck at home because you can’t move. Our feet are what we use daily to get around, and to experience pain there of all places can mean a highly diminished quality of life and a lack of independence as a result. However, there are several ways that foot and ankle pain can be treated, allowing you to get back on your feet.
If your foot or ankle pain has come about from a recent sporting injury, it’s a good idea to try the RICE procedure. REST the area that is in pain, apply a cold pack or ICE to the area to reduce swelling, COMPRESS the area with a bandage, and ELEVATE it on pillows to reduce any further swelling. This procedure works best if performed immediately after an injury or a shock to the ankle or foot in question. It’s recommended not to participate in any strenuous activities such as sports while injured.
If good old-fashioned rest and recovery hasn’t helped relieve your foot and ankle pain, there are some exercises that may be able to help instead. Try flexing and stretching your feet and ankles to maintain your range of motion. It’s also a great idea to massage your feet to relax it and improve the chance of recovery and relieve some of the strain that’s causing your pain.
Sometimes these solutions performed at home may not be enough in treating your foot and ankle pain, which is where our clinic comes in. A good sports physician can help make any adjustments to your feet or ankles in order to relieve your pain for the long term, with attention paid to helping you on the field as well as off it. Depending on the injury and the severity, a good sports physician will help you determine what the best course of action may be, whether it be stem cell therapy, surgery, or physical therapy. A sports physician is ideal for anyone looking for a fully integrated medical provider who knows what athletes, sporting enthusiasts, or even just active individuals need to perform well at optimum health.
We understand that every patient is different, and we encourage you to book an appointment at New England Stem Cell Institute so we can help you understand and decide what pain relief method is best for you.
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Glastonbury CT 06033