Amniotic Membrane FAQ

Stem Cells

What are Stem Cells?

A stem cell is a cell that has the potential to change into a very specific kind of cell.  A stem cell can differentiate into skin, bone, muscle, cartilage, tendon, ligament cell.  As highly adaptable, self-dividing cells, stem cells have an essential role in the body’s growth and repair processes.  Because stem cells are full of so much potential, they are extremely helpful in healing patients who are suffering from injury. 

How do amniotic cells work?

Your physician will use prepared cells derived from donors’ amniotic membrane.  These amniotic cells can be used to regenerate and repair tissues throughout the body.  They also have several benefits:

    1    Amniotic tissue divide faster.

    2    Amniotic cells do not show signs of age like adult tissue .

    3    Amniotic stem cells do not develop tumors.

    4    There are no ethical issues.

    5.   These are NOT embryonic stem cells.

Where do perinatal stem cells come from?

At Source of Health, your physician will use a liquid allograft that contains amniotic stem cells.  These cells are taken directly from the amniotic fluid of donors who undergo a rigorous screening, testing, and medical record review process.

The liquid tissue matrix consists of proteins, cytokines, growth factors, and other chemical compounds.  The stem cells in this liquid allograft are broadly multipotent, and can easily differentiate into a variety of cell types. 

Is Amniotic Tissue safe?

Yes.  The manufacturer reports that tissues used are recovered, processed, and distributed by FDA and AATB accredited tissue banks.  Donors are pre-screened in a process that reviews their medical records and evaluates their pre-natal test results. Furthermore, the Medical Director confirms eligibility through:

    ▪    Behavioral risk assessment

    ▪    Review of blood test results

    ▪    Donor medical history

    ▪    Communicable disease testing

All tissues are recovered using an aseptic recovery technique during sterile cesarean section.  Infection disease screening requirements either meet or exceed all FDA and AATB requirements.  Culturing and toxicity testing is performed prior to lot release.  Lastly, the amniotic membrane is an “immune privileged” tissue, which means that it rarely evokes an immune response in the human body.  Stem Cell injections are a low-risk option for patients in need of stem cell therapy in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. 

Unsurpassed Safety & Quality

From donor qualification to lot-release testing, we are committed to the safety and quality of the product used.

Most human tissue products are derived from cadavers and processed by third-party tissue banks. We believe the use of live, healthy donors is a better approach to regenerative medicine. The placental-derived allografts are recovered from live, healthy donors that are pre-screened during pregnancy and chosen based on a stringent donor selection criteria. From aseptic recovery of the tissue at childbirth to timely processing of the allografts, our protocols and procedures have been developed to meet or exceed all applicable industry standards for the use of human cellular and tissue-based products. The processing lab is registered with the FDA and accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.

DONOR TESTING

All potential donors are pre-screened during an examination of pre-natal medical records and test results. A comprehensive medical history and behavior risk assessment is obtained from the donor prior to donation incorporating U.S. Public Health Service guidelines. Discussions with the physician and/or the donor mother are conducted to identify circumstances that may lead to the exclusion of the donor or donated tissue.

Infectious disease screening requirements meet or exceed all FDA requirements.