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Placenta-Derived Products

Numerous products exist that utilize placental tissue that would be otherwise discarded. These products are primarily delivered via injection. Placenta-derived tissues include: the amniotic membrane, the chorionic membrane, the amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord, and the blood from the umbilical cord. Placenta-derived products are composed of one or more of these tissue types and/or the matrix secreted by any of […]

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Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMA/BMAC)

Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMA/BMAC) is perhaps the most popular “stem cell injection” available today. The treatment involves injecting the patient’s own bone marrow cells into the injured area with the hope that it will help regrow tissue or reduce inflammation. The procedure involves two steps: (1) patients are lightly anesthetized and bone marrow is removed through a needle from […]

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Choosing an Orthopedic Surgeon

When joint problems escalate to the point of needing special treatment, it is time to research orthopedic surgeons. As you consider your treatment options, it is important to choose an orthopedic surgeon who can accurately meet your needs. To ensure that you make the best choice, identify your needs, do your research, and ask the […]

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Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections

These injections are used to treat knee osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your body as a part of healthy synovial fluid (the substance that lubricates joints). Injecting HA into the knees of patients with osteoarthritis is thought to help lubricate the joint, which reduces catching and grinding. Research suggests that HA injections may also help reduce inflammation. Treatment […]

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