Providing relief of pain in the knee, low back and joints affected by osteoarthritis
As implied by the name, Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells, are harvested from you, the adult. This is accomplished with a simple procedure known as a bone marrow aspiration. It sounds terrible but is very tolerable and is performed in the office with the use of local anesthetic. The procedure consists of collecting a sample of blood from bone marrow which is rich in adult mesenchymal stem cells, this is referred to as bone marrow aspiration. The sample of blood collected from the bone marrow is then placed in a centrifuge which separates the sample into components which include plasma (protein rich water), red and white blood cells, and stem cells. The separation of the sample results in the ability to then extract the concentrated stem cell from the remainder of bone marrow products. The concentrated stem cells have been termed as Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate otherwise known as BMAC.
Once the concentrated BMAC has been obtained, it is ready for injection into the site of interest. Knee pain, secondary to osteoarthritis, is the most common indication for the use of BMAC in my office. This is followed closely by low back and sacroiliac (SI), shoulder, elbow, ankle, foot, hand and wrist complaints.
Some common reasons why people choose to participate in this type of procedure are:
Not ready for surgery
Cannot have surgery secondary to cardiac or allergy issues
There is not a good surgery for their painful condition
Ligament or tendon injury
Desire to return to activity quickly with minimal recovery time
Natural and safe
The whole process from bone marrow aspiration to treatment of the problematic area takes 1-1.5 hours.