What Are Exosomes?
Exosomes are small packets of proteins, cytokines, and messenger RNA (mRNA) exchanged between cells. The material within an exosome (extracellular vesicle) carries information that orders receiving cells to take specific actions like growing or producing new healing proteins.
The idea behind this therapy is to take extracellular vesicles produced by stem cells and inject the exosomes alone (and not the stem cells). The proteins and growth factors within the extracellular vesicle are designed to stimulate the receiving cells to act younger, grow faster, and even replace damaged RNA or protein strands.
Where Do Exosomes Come From?
While all cells release extracellular vesicles to communicate, most are not suitable for regenerative therapy. Regenerative medicine requires specific proteins that stimulate cell growth and the production of further growth factors.
Therefore, the extracellular vesicles used for exosome injections by the Advanced Relief Institute are harvested from amniotic fluid or the fluid surrounding stem cells grown in a lab. The targeted growth factors are separated from the stem cells and concentrated using a centrifuge. Then, the purified proteins can be used for this treatment.
Why Should I Choose the Advanced Relief Institute for My Exosome Therapy?
Our providers understand the unique nature of each patient’s concerns, and they use a multidisciplinary approach to find the treatment options best suited for your individual needs.
Consult with one of our pain specialists to determine if exosome therapy can treat your concerns.
How Is Exosome Therapy Performed?
Exosome injections use donated extracellular vesicles that come pre-packaged in a concentrated solution. When you come into our office, your doctor will identify the areas that require treatment.
All injections done at the Advanced Relief Institute include lidocaine (a local anesthetic) to ease discomfort. Your doctor will use a thin needle to inject the extracellular vesicles. Ultrasound or other guidance technology will be used to guide the needle into the treatment area.
Some patients may require several injections, while others may only require one.
What Is Recovery Like After Exosome Injections?
Most patients will not need any downtime after their injections. For two to three days, there may be minor swelling, redness, or sensitivity around your injection sites. Patients should refrain from placing strain on the treated area for two to three weeks.