What is AmnioFix?
AmnioFix is human placental tissue composed of both the amnion and chorion layers of the amniotic sac. The allograft is dehydrated, micronized and sterilized to be delivered as an injection.
What is in amniotic membrane?
Key elements of amniotic membrane include different types of proteins like growth factors, specialized cytokines, and enzyme inhibitors known to help enhance healing. These proteins are some of the same signals released by your body following injury to modulate inflammation and stimulate the healing response.
Where does the placenta come from?
All of the amniotic tissue for AmnioFix is donated by healthy, consenting mothers that have delivered a full-term live birth by scheduled Caesarean section. The recovery of the placenta does not affect the baby or the delivery process.
Is it safe?
MiMedx has distributed more than 1 million amniotic allografts. AmnioFix is not intended for use in areas with active or latent infection, or in intravenous, intra-arterial, or intrathecal applications. AmnioFix is processed by MiMedx’s proprietary PURION® process which utilizes terminal sterilization to further enhance patient safety.
Are donors tested for diseases?
All donors are tested for infectious diseases, similar to the testing done for blood donation, and additional sterility testing is performed once the tissue has been processed.
How does it work?
AmnioFix contains growth factors, specialized cytokines, and enzyme inhibitors, including some of the most important needed for healing. Growth factors are powerful agents that our bodies produce to signal cells to come to the target site, help the site to heal, and help your own cells regenerate the damaged tissue.
Is this a stem cell injection?
No, AmnioFix does not contain live stem cells and is not categorized as a stem cell injection. AmnioFix contains growth factors, which have been shown through published research to recruit your body’s own stem cells to the site to enhance the healing process.
Is AmnioFix an option for me?
AmnioFix is used by physicians to enhance healing, modulate inflammation, and reduce scar tissue formation in various injuries and conditions. You and your doctor may consider AmnioFix an option if conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and bracing have not provided symptomatic relief, or if you are searching for a non-steroidal option or have reached the limit of steroid injections.
What can I expect after the injection?
The injection site might appear red and be tender to the touch. You may apply ice and elevate as needed. Initially, the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. This is the first step in healing called the inflammation phase, which could last for 2-3 days. If you have questions about your treatment, please consult your doctor.