What is FlōGraft®?
FlōGraft®, a cryopreserved, injectable amniotic or placental fluid-derived allograft, is derived from amniotic fluid that is produced during pregnancy to protect the fetus, and harvested during birth without any harm to the baby or mother with the prior consent of the mother. All donors are carefully screened to help protect all patients. This tissue does NOT need to be a “match” for the recipient because the chorionic placental tissue are non-reactive to histocompatibility antigens, thus no graft-vs-host reactions occur.
The amniotic membrane and fluid that surrounds a fetus contains both stem cells and growth factors. During birth, the amniotic membrane and fluid is collected from a healthy donor. The amniotic membrane is processed by freeze drying it and pulverizing it. The powder is then placed in vials and stored at a tissue bank.
FlōGraft® is useful in the body’s healing process because the product contains a number of growth factors and cells that aid in tissue healing.
Clinical studies to document the efficacy of stem cell injections are currently ongoing. As this is an evolving area of orthopedic science, our knowledge regarding the use of stem cells and patient outcomes continues to improve over time. However, it is important that patients recognize that the treatment is considered experimental and that results cannot be guaranteed.