Integrative Regional Medical Center uses a field of Medicine called Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative Medicine is the science of living stem cells being used to potentially regenerate or facilitate the repair of living cells damaged by disease, genetics, injury or simple aging by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms. This is to restore function and homeostasis (equilibrium) in the body. Regenerative medicine also empowers scientists to grow tissues in the laboratory.
Regenerative Medicine is devoted to treatments in which Amniotic Allografts (which are bone, ligament, cartilage, tendon or section of skin that are transplanted from one person to another) are induced to differentiate into the specific cell type required to repair damaged or destroyed cell populations or tissues. For example an Amniotic Membrane can be injected into a torn ligament or tendon or meniscus to regrow the tissue quickly.
Amniotic Allografts (membranes) have been successfully used for over a hundred years in the care of wounds and regenerating human tissue.
What do we use at I.R.M.C.?
We utilize a product called AmnioFix
AnmioFix is a human amniotic membrane allograft. There have been over 500,000 allografts distributed for use in various types of surgery and wound care. Other forms of amniotic membrane have been used for almost 100 years.
The use of amniotic tissue has been documented in published literature since the early 1900’s. Amniotic membrane has been the subject of many scientific publications evaluating its use in:
•Modulation of Inflammation
•Reduction of Scar Tissue Formation
AmnioFix® is a composite amniotic tissue membrane minimally manipulated to protect the collagen matrix and its natural properties. AmnioFix® reduces scar tissue formation, modulates inflammation in the surgical site, enhances healing, and acts as a barrier.
Human amniotic membrane comprises the innermost layer of the placenta and lines the amniotic cavity. AmnioFix® is processed through the proprietary PURION® Process that combines cleaning, dehydration and sterilization, and it may be stored at ambient conditions for up to 5 years. The proprietary PURION® Process protects the delicate scaffold during processing, leaving an intact collagen matrix. The result is a durable graft with natural barrier properties to optimize surgical performance and ease of use. AmnioFix® is available in sheet/membrane, particulate, and wrap configurations for use in surgical, soft tissue, tendon, and nerve applications.