New treatment could reduce amount of amputations in people with type 2 diabetes

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1370644794&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4088553&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1370644794 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Nerve disease caused by type 2 diabetes accounts for half of all amputations in the nation.

However, a new treatment is helping patients keep their limbs, and it comes from pregnant women.

By harnessing the power of amniotic fluid, doctors say it’s possible to save the limbs of someone with diabetes.

Amniotic fluid from a pregnant donor is injected into or wrapped around the nerve during decompression surgery.

The stem cells in the fluid then stimulate the affected area, telling it to heal the wound.

This treatment could help patients with other diseases as well. It’s currently being tested on a woman with multiple sclerosis.

Doctors hope it could help get her out of a wheelchair and walking with the assistance of a cane.

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