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Concentrated Bone Marrow (Stem Cell)
What is it?
Bone Marrow is the spongy tissue found in the center of bones. A physician draws (or aspirates) bone marrow from a patient’s pelvis, specifically the iliac crest. This Bone Marrow Aspiration (BMA) is rich in certain cell types — for example, stem cells and specialized cells — as well as platelets and growth factors.
These cells and cell fragments all play an important role in the healing process because it contains a rich supply of a broad range of stem cells. These cells found in concentrated BMA have been shown to support the repair or growth of bone, cartilage, muscle, marrow, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue.
What to Expect During Your Procedure
When you come in for your procedure, the provider will numb a small area of your hip and will draw a sample of your bone marrow from your pelvis. This marrow will then be placed into a special centrifuge where it will spin for approximately 15 minutes where the blood will be filtered to concentrate the stem cells for injection.
During this spinning process, your marrow will then separate allowing the provider to draw up a syringe full of your stem cells. These will then be injected directly into your area of concern. Generally, the procedure takes about an hour, depending upon how many areas need injecting.