Regenerative Medicine Procedures
What Is It?
Regenerative medicine is a discipline that uses nature’s chemistry and biology through injectable procedures to help the body repair and enhance the functionality of structures which include large joints such as the hip, shoulder, and knee as well as smaller joints. It is also effective in the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine for conditions such as degenerative disc, spinal stenosis, or sciatica.
Tissue allografts are obtained from minimally-manipulated Wharton’s Jelly which are rich in cytokines, growth factors, and proteins. Likewise, amniotic membrane allograft is also minimally-manipulated and is for homologous use and is also rich in cytokines, growth factors and scaffolding proteins. Click here to read Dr. Timmons’ study on Amniotic Allograft Injections for Knee and Back Pain
What to Expect
These procedures are safe and effective. Patients have reported no adverse side effects, including rejection. Your doctor can provide treatment without the need for sutures. The allograft will incorporate into the affected area within two weeks.
How to Prepare
Speak with your doctor ahead of your procedure to learn the degree of discomfort or pain you may feel during the procedure. Your physician may suggest some relaxation techniques, including medication. Do not take any medicines your doctor does not already know about before arriving for your procedure, as some could result in adverse reactions.
FAQs about Amnion Injections
Do I need to take time off work? You will not need to take time off work. You could go back to work right after the procedure.
Can I exercise after my injection? You can return to normal daily activities and exercise limited to walking. Avoid high impact exercises that require bending, stooping, running, or quick stops and starts for the first 2 weeks. Gentle stretching is fine. Avoid hot tubs and swimming for the first week so the injection site can heal.
Further instruction on your activity will be determined at your 2-week follow up visit. We can discuss if you are ready to start going back to the gym, lifting weights, or slowly increasing walking or running. You should still avoid high impact sports. If you overdo it, you may experience setbacks.
Will I be sore after the procedure? The injection site may be sore. Cold compresses can help provide relief. Consider weaning off of your medications as your pain permits. Avoid taking anti-inflammatories including Aleve, Ibuprofen, Turmeric, and Curcumin. Tylenol is appropriate for discomfort. The healing process is continuous. The usual response for pain relief is between 1 and 6 weeks.
Why do you need insurance information if amnion is not covered? Insurance covers the cost of the procedure and office visits but not the amnion product. What patients pay out of pocket covers the cost of the amnion product. You are still responsible for paying any copays, coinsurance, or deductibles. The cost for the amnion product depends on the amount of product needed. Your payment may be made in cash, credit card or check made out to “Spinal Research.” You must check with your bank to see if amniotic allograft is acceptable for HSA/FSA disbursement.
Will I need multiple injections? Most patients experience relief after one injection. Rarely, if ever, are multiple injections needed. We will call or email to see how you are doing a week after your procedure. We will see you in the office at least once after your procedure and will call or email to follow up at regular intervals if you elect to be in the study. Patients continue to experience improvement 2 and 3 months after the injection. Most patients get relief for over 1 year from just one neck or back injection, 2 to 3 years for joint injections.