Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) is a regenerative procedure that uses stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow to help accelerate the natural healing process.
Regenerative treatments may be an option for patients who are trying to postpone or avoid a surgical procedure. Regenerative treatments can also used after a surgical procedure in an effort to accelerate the recovery process.
BMAC therapy is an outpatient procedure. During this procedure, a patient is given a local anesthesia and a small amount of bone marrow is extracted from the hip area. The extracted bone marrow cells are then mixed with an anticoagulant and placed into a centrifuge, creating a concentrate of stems cells.
An orthopedist will then inject the stem cell concentrate into the damaged area, typically using either an ultrasound or fluoroscope for guidance. The entire process can take up to 2 hours.
Swelling and discomfort are common symptoms for the first few days after this procedure. Inflammation is part of the healing process, so anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided for a couple of weeks after the procedure. As these symptoms start to lessen, a patient can start physical therapy.
Types Of Conditions Treated With BMAC
Regenerative treatments like BMAC Therapy or PRP Therapy may be helpful to patients who have osteoarthritis or have injured a tendon, ligament or cartilage.
The objective of BMAC is to reduce pain by attempting to improve the health of damaged tissue. BMAC is best suited for patients who have pain associated with degenerative wear.
Schedule an Evaluation
If you are interested in regenerative treatments, schedule an appointment with one our orthopedic doctors to determine if you are a candidate. Our doctors will review your medical history and evaluate your disorder or injury. If a doctor determines that you are a candidate, we will help you schedule and prepare for treatment.