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What is Fluid Flow?

BioLab Fluid Flow™ is an ambient temperature amniotic liquid allograft derived from the amniotic liquid within the placenta to advance soft tissue repair, replacement, and reconstruction.

How Does Fluid Flow Work?

The basic mechanism of Fluid Flow is simple. Fluid Flow solution is injected into the affected ligaments or tendons, which leads to local inflammation. The localized inflammation triggers a wound-healing cascade, resulting in the deposition of new collagen, the material those ligaments and tendons are made of.   New collagen shrinks as it matures. The shrinking collagen tightens the ligament and makes it stronger.

Specifically, Fluid Flow causes fibroblastic proliferation via growth factors. Fibroblasts are the cells that actually grow the ligaments and tendons.   By proliferating the fibroblasts, new, strong, collagen tissue is formed which are what are needed to repair ligament/tendon injuries common in sports or repetitive injuries.   The ligaments and tendons produced after Fluid Flow appear much the same as normal tissues, except that they are thicker, stronger, and contain fibers of varying thickness, testifying to the new and ongoing creation of tissue.

Is Fluid Flow Safe?

Generally, regenerative medicine procedures are extremely safe.   The risks are far less than taking aspirin or Motrin for a lifetime to temporarily alleviate chronic pain.   There is, of course, at least a slight risk involved in any medical procedure.   In Fluid Flow, the risks and side effects will vary depending on the area being treated, and the doctor will discuss these possibilities fully during the pre-treatment consultation.   As with any injections, there is always the discomfort of the needle stick, and the usual minor risks.

Processing, Donor Screening and Testing.

The donated human tissue has been determinted to be eligible for transplantation by a licensed physician for BioLab Sciences. The donor has been deemed free from risk factors for and clinical evidence of infection due to relevant communicable diseases and other exclusionary disease conditions through review of donor records including medical/behavior risk assessment, medical records, and a recent physical examination. Additionally, testing of a qualified blood sample indicates that the donor is nonreactive or negative for the following communicable disease markers including HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphillis, HBV and others.

All laboratories performing these tests are registered with the FDA and certified to perform testing on human specimens under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and 42 CFR part 493, or equivalent requirements. Test kits used are approved and cleared by the FDA for screening blood specimens collected from living donors.

No adverse clinical reactions to this tissue have been reported to date.

How many treatments does it take?

Each person’s response to Fluid Flow varies. One injection to one body area is usually preformed. Repeat treatments can be considered in appropriate situations.   Individual variation due to severity of injury, area, age, and other factors affect response time.

Fluid Flow after care:

A patient is generally sore for up to 1 week and sometimes longer. The underlying physiology of Fluid Flow is to engage and encourage one’s own healing response. This healing response is the basis for increased soreness. Therefore, avoid interventions that interfere with the “natural healing process”.  Typical needle soreness is possible and massage therapy and moist heat applied to the area can be helpful. Gentle manipulation techniques and other modalities that improve circulation and assist the healing from Fluid Flow include acupuncture, Rolfing, myofascial release, activator gun treatments, electrical stimulation, magnets, infrared heat, and ultrasound.  All these activities may improve circulation to the treated area.

Important after-care instructions:

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Do not apply ice or cold.
  • Reduce activity, protect and rest treated area. For example, after knee treatment do not excercise with weight bearing activities such as walking or running.  Allow healing and repair to occur naturally sometimes up to 6-8 weeks.
  • Cardio-vascular exercise is encouraged during healing phase.
  • Continue usual medications.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Plan ahead for relative protection of the treated area.
  • Some individuals may benefit from concurrent therapy.

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