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Improving patient outcomes with Biological tissues

Biologics have gained ground in the world of regenerative medicine over the past few years. From cancer treatments to sports medicine this fascinating field has huge potential for treating foot and ankle conditions.  Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) and Amniotic tissues are on the forefront of this biological revolution.  We at Foot Doctors PSC utilize each of these therapies to improve our patient’s outcomes. Below is a brief summary of each of the biologics and what they can do for the human body and how we are currently utilizing these tissues.

 

 

BMAC

Is a minimally invasive autologous blood therapy procedure (extracted from  your bone) uses the patient’s own stem cells concentrated to stimulate the healing process. Stem cells play a vital role in every healing process within the human body, especially for osteogenesis (bone formation) and angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth). We have used this for nonunion of bone and for complex fractures to heal.   A recent study at the University of Louisville department of vascular surgery also use this for inoperative ischemic limbs for attempt at new blood vessel growth.

 

PRP

Is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets.  A concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains and releases several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue.   PRP has been investigated and used as a clinical tool for several types of medical treatments, including nerve injury, tendinitis, osteoarthritis,  cardiac muscle injury, bone repair and regeneration, plastic surgery, and oral surgery.  PRP has also received attention in media as a result of its use in treating sports injuries in professional athletes. We particularly use this for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

 

Amniotic Tissue

Shows great potential in expediting the recovery from injuries to the plantar fascia and soft tissue in the foot and ankle, and in helping diabetic wounds to heal, Amniotic Membrane has been shown to guide regenerative healing while reducing inflammation, adhesion, and scarring. This is accomplished by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms and regenerative cells like mesenchymal stem cells, which have the ability to differentiate into a variety of cell types including muscle, bone, tendon, ligament and cartilage. Mesenchymal stem cells can also secrete bioactive factors that speed up the healing and regeneration process for these various types of tissue. These bioactive factors can also help prevent infection and reduce inflammation. This tissue is has been used here for wound closure, tendonitis and as a scar deterrent in surgery.