Cell-Based Therapies are the Wave of the Future: MD Podiatrist

The general tactic of using stem cells for diabetic foot ulcers is not new; doctors can already use cells derived from the amniotic membrane of the placenta. Daniel Michaels, DPM, said he has personally found amniotic membrane cells to be very effective in wound healing.
The cells are retrieved from the placenta of babies born by cesarean section, explained Ross, who is also an associate professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Various companies market products containing frozen or dehydrated amniotic membrane cells that can be applied to diabetic foot ulcers. But in general, Dr. Michaels said, cell-based therapies — harnessing the body’s own healing powers — are the wave of the future.