Stem cell therapy uses growth factors for healing that are found in the human body. One part of the body that has high concentrations of hundreds of growth factors is the amniotic membrane, and the fluid used in stem cell therapy comes from this membrane. The tissue in the fluid is non-immunogenic, meaning that there is no risk of rejecting the tissue.
Stem cell therapy is used for heel or tendon pain to cushion or provide lubrication. When there is loss of lubrication due to age or injury, stem cell therapy can benefit the healing.
In the office, Dr. Bier injects a fluid containing stem cells into the affected area. The stem cell fluid modulates inflammation, decreases scar tissue formation and enhances healing.
In most cases, stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance. If the patient has an employer-sponsored Flexible Payment Medical Savings Account, then the procedure could be covered through that account.
Talk to Dr. Bier about the procedure and whether it is right for you. He will help you decide whether Stem Cell Therapy could be useful therapy for your specific condition.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is used in regenerative medicine – medicine that uses the body’s own blood or tissues in healing. Platelets are a specialized type of blood cells that are involved in injury healing. With PRP, a concentrated platelet solution is injected into the injured area to stimulate healing.
The platelet solution uses plasma from the patient’s own blood. It has been used successfully in treating heel pain and tendonitis.
PRP injections are prepared from one to a few tubes of the patient’s own blood. After being centrifuged, the activated platelets are injected into the affected area, releasing growth factors that recruit and increase cells that can repair the tissue.
In most cases, PRP is not covered by insurance. If the patient has an employer-sponsored Flexible Payment Medical Savings Account, then the procedure could be covered through that account.
Talk to Dr. Bier about the procedure and whether it is right for you. He will help you decide whether PRP could be a useful therapy for your specific condition.
Dr. Bier embodies everything I want in a physician; patience, kindness and expertise. He solved my problem which was long-standing. I am grateful to my friend for recommending him, and I will recommend him to others.
~– Lisa B, Darien, CT
Dr. Bier corrected a toe problem I had been living with for many years, he was able to correct my problem and for that I am very grateful. He listens to all I have to say and takes the time to answer each of my questions.
~– Josie C, Wilton, CT
Dr. Bier always makes my feet feel better; he is the best podiatrist I have ever gone to.
~– Dorothy W, Stamford, CT
Dr. Bier is everything you want in a foot and ankle doctor. He takes great care in his Diabetic patients.
~– Fred N, Darien, CT
Dr. Bier is a wonderful doctor. He’s caring and concerned. He takes the time needed to properly care for your feet. Through his arduous efforts, he has saved my foot and leg. He is pleasant and through. I would never go elsewhere.
~– John B, Greenwich, CT