Source: Angela Mulholland, CTVNews.ca Health and Medical Reporter.
Published Friday 7th June 2013:
Toronto East General Hospital is one of just three hospitals in Canada that is starting to collect placentas after planned caesarean sections so that eye surgeons at the hospital and around the province can use them for operations.
Surgeons use amnion, which comes from the inner layer of the amniotic membrane, the sac that surrounds the growing baby and placenta.
Dr. Charlotte Wedge, the chief of ophthalmology at Toronto East General Hospital, says amnion acts much like a skin graft — wounds heal faster, with less scarring.
“It has qualities that quiet inflammation,” Wedge says of amnion. “It represses new vessels from growing and causing inflammation and scarring… It seems to quiet everything,” she says.
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