Bone Marrow Aspirate ConcentrateStem Cell Treatment
Dealing with tendinitis, arthritis or pain from an injury is never fun, but fortunately, there are more ways to treat these chronic issues than ever before. One of the available treatment options is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, or BMAC for short. This is considered a regenerative treatment, and one that utilizes the growth factors, proteins, and stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow to encourage healing, rather than simply masking the pain associated with the chronic problem. This allows many patients to reduce, or even completely stop using pain management solutions such as creams or medications to get through each day.
The BMAC stem cell treatment represents one option among many to consider. If we do not feel the patient will benefit long-term from it, we will not recommend it. We offer many treatment solutions, and our goal is to find the right one for each individual.
There are stem cells in tissues throughout the body, but bone marrow provides one of the best and most easily accessed sources of cells.
We obtain the bone marrow from a region called the iliac crest. After the bone marrow is obtained, it is spun in a centrifuge in order to concentrate and isolate stem cells, platelets, and growth factors.
Once the concentrate is prepared, it can be injected directly into many different parts of the body. It is often used to treat pain related to joint, ligament, muscle, and tendon problems.
As is the case with any type of treatment, there are a lot of common questions people have about the procedure. For additional answers, we recommend reaching out to our office, or setting up a consultation to go over all treatment options.
Who is not a candidate for a BMAC stem cell treatment?
Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should avoid this treatment. We also do not recommend this to any patient going through cancer treatments. Anyone suffering from anemia, platelet issues, or other blood disorders may explore other options.
What should a patient expect before, during, and after the treatment?
We will first meet with you in order to obtain a thorough medical history and perform a thorough examination. We will then discuss the treatment plan including the exact areas to be treated.
Leading up to the treatment, patients should avoid use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications. We generally recommend that patients avoid these medications for two weeks prior to and four weeks following the procedure.
The procedure does not take very long. We will typically reserve an hour for your appointment. Many people experience just a minor amount of pain during the procedure as we apply a generous amount of local anesthetic to help reduce discomfort. It is recommended that a friend or family member accompany patients so that they can drive home after the procedure.
Following the procedure, there may be mild discomfort at the procedural for a few days. We generally recommend applying ice and using Tylenol as needed.
We recommend avoiding strenuous activities for one week. Most people can return to normal daily activities the very next day. Further recommendations related to activity modification are discussed with each patient and are dependent on the area being treated.
When will I begin to notice a difference?
Gradual incremental improvements are expected following the procedure. After several weeks to months, many patients begin to notice an overall reduction in symptoms and improvement in function.
Most injuries being treated took years to develop, so it can take time to improve these symptoms. Patience is important.
Are there any risks with BMAC stem cell treatment?
As with any medical procedure, there are always risks, however we are very careful about taking all precautions in order to minimize risks. Some risks do include bruising, bleeding, infection, or increased pain. Risks and benefits of the procedure are more thoroughly discussed during consultations.
Is the treatment covered by insurance?
Currently, BMAC tends to not be covered by the vast majority of insurance companies.
We are happy to discuss any financial questions before moving forward with any treatment. Our goal is to make this an affordable treatment for any patient who might benefit from it.
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