Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate Therapy in Greenville, SC
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC)—made with fluid aspirated from your bone marrow—contains pluripotent stem cells and other growth factors. Unlike other cells in the body, stem cells are undifferentiated; they are master cells that can form into all adult cell types. This means that these stem cells can differentiate into new tissue in areas of excessive tissue loss like when you sustain an injury that tears a ligament or suffer from a degenerative disease like arthritis that slowly wears down the cartilage at the ends of your bones.
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate therapy is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that utilizes the regenerative properties of these aspirated stem cells to stimulate healing in places of need throughout the body, helping to heal bone, repair cartilage and promote the growth of new blood vessels. BMAC therapy is particularly useful when bone fractures are having difficulty fusing. It is used as an effective and innovate treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, osteonecrosis, chronic tendon problems, cartilage defects and to aid in the healing of chronic wounds. In fact, bone marrow aspirate concentrate therapy can help with many advanced, degenerative diseases to alleviate pain and restore overall function.
To schedule a consultation with a regenerative medicine specialist in Greenville that specializes in bone marrow aspirate concentrate therapy, call (864) 207-4417 or contact Dr. John Stavrakos online.
Who is a Good Candidate for Bone Marrow Aspiration?
The bone marrow aspiration procedure is indicated when you have an injury, disease or wound that requires help in healing. Bone marrow aspirate is also useful to diagnose disease using a bone marrow aspiration biopsy.
Prior to the aspiration procedure, your healthcare provider will obtain a blood sample from you and coagulation studies will be performed to ensure you are a candidate for bone marrow aspiration. Requirements to be considered for bone marrow aspirate concentrate therapy include that you must:
- Have no bleedings disorders
- Have no current infection in your body
- Not be pregnant
- Be free of cancer
- Not be on anticoagulants or taking drugs like NSAIDS that may dangerously thin your blood
What to Expect from the Bone Marrow Aspiration Procedure
Before your procedure, your pelvic area is marked and prepped to keep it sterile. Under local or general anesthesia, a hollow needle is inserted into the bone, and a syringe withdraws, or aspirates, fluid from the bone marrow. It is crucial that you remain still during the procedure. The needle may have to be inserted more than once and at more than one site to obtain an adequate supply of fluid. If you cannot remain still, your healthcare provider may halt the procedure, and you may be unable to benefit from bone marrow aspiration.
Once the desired amount of fluid has been collected, the needle is removed and pressure applied to stop the bleeding. A dressing is then applied to the needle site, which should remain bandaged until fully healed. It should be kept dry for several hours after the procedure. The aspirated fluid is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the cells. The liquid produced from the procedure has a high concentration of regenerative stem cells, which is then injected directly into the treatment site using ultrasound guidance.
The total procedure typically takes under an hour. You should arrange for someone to drive you home, as you will have soreness and pain and have been under some form of anesthetic.
Potential complications of bone marrow aspiration include bleeding, infection, nerve injury or intra-abdominal injury. Postoperative pain from the aspiration usually lasts a week at most and is much less intense than the pain at the site of the injury or wound that receives the injection of bone marrow aspirate concentrate.
If you suffer from chronic pain, decreased mobility or slow injury healing, a bone marrow aspiration injection may provide you much-needed relief. Request more information about bone marrow aspirate concentrate therapy today. Call (864) 207-4417 or contact Dr. John Stavrakos online.
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