Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are the fundamental cells in our bodies which can become many types of tissue including skin, tendon, muscle, bone and cartilage.

The amniotic stem cell injections Dr. Sheff utilizes are harvested from the amniotic sac, and not from an embryo. Although many may have ethical concerns about the use of embryonic stem cell therapy, the use of amniotic stem cell therapy should not raise any ethical or moral questions as they are harvested from the placenta after an elective cesarean section with the mother's full knowledge and with no harm to the baby. All amniotic stem cell donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration and American Association of Tissue Banks.

How does amniotic stem cell therapy work?

The human body's cells have the capability to repair themselves. Stem cells take advantage of this ability by creating cells that the damaged tissues need in order to heal. With amniotic stem cell therapy, Dr. Sheff injects stem cells from amniotic tissues into the affected part of your foot. The cells have anti-inflammatory properties like cortisone and steroid injections, however, stem cell therapy has no side effects and is completely safe. Furthermore, cortisone and other drugs may only provide temporary relief, whereas stem cell therapy will actually restore damaged tissue along with providing pain relief. Additionally, stem cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, helps restore mobility and reduces pain.

Amniotic stem cell injections contain no steroids, are extremely safe and effective and have been used by eye doctors and plastic surgeons for about twenty years. There is no risk of patient rejection and more than 10,000 injections have been performed without a single reported adverse side effect. The vast majority of the time, only one injection is required.

Who is a candidate for Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy?

Patients suffering from any joint, tendon or ligament pain can be considered a candidate for this therapy regardless of any underlying health issues they may have. Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical alternative for those who suffer from pain. Surgeries can be painful and require extended rehabilitation time. Stem cell therapy allows the body to heal itself by providing building blocks that stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Patients with severe degenerative osteoarthritis may not be eligible for stem cell therapy.

Will my insurance cover it?

Presently, amniotic stem cell therapy is not a covered service. Insurance companies will cover the fee for the administration, which is performed in the office under ultrasound guidance, however the cost of the stem cells themselves is not covered. Our staff can discuss the cost in more detail in our office.