Bone Marrow

Growth Factors Help Heal Tissue

Stem Cell-Rich Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow is a sponge-like tissue found within the center of large bones like the hip bone, breast bone, shoulder blades and ribs. It contains stem cells and other growth factors needed to heal tissue. It can facilitate the healing and restoration in patients with osteoarthritis, osteoradionecrosis, cartilage loss in various joints, and more.

How Does It Work?

Since stem cells multiply and are signaled to form tissue such as cartilage, tendon and bone when necessary, they allow your body to create the tissue it needs to heal itself. For over 30 years, bone marrow derived stem cells have been used to treat a variety of conditions because they have remarkable healing and regenerative properties.

What is the Procedure?

Bone marrow is harvested from your pelvis during a simple office procedure performed under local anesthetic. Ultrasound or Fluoroscopic guidance is sometimes used to assist in visualizing the pelvic bones.

A needle is placed into the iliac crest and approximately 30-60ccs of bone marrow is extracted. The marrow is then placed into a centrifuge to extract the stem cells and growth factors that are then used for treatment. These cells can differentiate into many types of tissue in your body and naturally stimulate a healing response.

The Result

Stem cells take several weeks to months to differentiate. Fortunately there seems to be a more immediate anti-inflammatory effect from this injection that occurs a few days after the procedure. About 10-15% of patients will feel better within a couple weeks, but most patients will experience some improvement of pain, swelling and inflammation within 6 weeks. The more profound effect with reparative tissue formation could take 4-6 months. Notable to this procedure is the ability to continue activity afterwards with significantly less downtime than would be expected from typical cartilage, joint, or spinal surgeries.

If you are interested in discussing if a Bone Marrow Harvested Stem Cell treatment may be right for you, please contact us for additional information.

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