Author: Brandon Gough, M.D.
“Are stem cell injections actually legal and FDA approved?” It may (– or may not –) surprise you that this is a fairly common question we hear from patients in our Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe, AZ offices at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute. For years, “stem cell injections” and “stem cell research” have been politically and emotionally charged topics, passionately argued about in the courts and news outlets. In many places – domestic and abroad – the controversy still continues.
What’s the stem cell controversy all about?
It’s important to clarify that virtually all of the “stem cell controversy” centers on embryonic stem cell therapy. Embryonic stem cell therapy is a potentially ethics-charged controversy because it requires the destruction of an embryo. Additionally, the use of embryonic stem cells is associated with patient rejection and tumors. This type of stem cell therapy is still in the clinical trial phase and not widely used.
At Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, providers use amniotic stem cell therapy for the management of knee pain, tendonitis, arthritis, and other types of pain. Amniotic stem cells are derived from the amniotic sac of pre-screened and pre-tested donors – a safe and generally non-controversial therapy. Read our Stem Cell FAQ for additional information. (Also, see this blog post for more about the difference between embryonic and amniotic stem cell therapy.)
Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy in Phoenix, AZ
After researching the various products and technologies available on the marketplace (their safety, efficacy, etc.), providers at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute have chosen BioDFactor® Viable Tissue Matrix as an excellent amniotic stem cell therapy platform. The safety and quality of this product is unrivaled (learn more). Additionally, all BioD subsidiaries are registered as tissue banks with the FDA and accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. (Learn more.)
If you’re interested in learning more about stem cell injections in Phoenix, Mesa, or Tempe, AZ, give us a call at 602-553-3113. You can also schedule an appointment online.
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