Bone Marrow Aspiration
Stem cells are found throughout the body, but the most concentrated source of adult stem cells is the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue that is found within your bones and is responsible for generating new blood cells. Bone marrow aspiration involves harvesting a small part of your bone marrow and processing it to gather valuable stem cells. Those stem cells can then be injected to problem areas of the body to regenerate damaged tissues.
How Does Bone Marrow Aspiration Work?
Bone Marrow Aspiration Process
While bone marrow aspiration may sound intense, it’s actually a fairly non-invasive procedure and has a very short recovery time. In performing the procedure, your doctor will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the bone marrow will be harvested—this is usually the hip bone, but it could also be another lager bone like the breastbone or the ribs.
Once anesthesia has been administered, the doctor inserts a needle through the skin and into the bone. Using a syringe, the doctor will aspirate, or suction out, a small quantity of your bone marrow.
From there recovery is quite simple. The doctor will apply a bandage at the needle’s entry point and you’ll be on your way! You may experience some pain or discomfort over the next week, but nothing serious, and the pain can usually be treated with over the counter medications like ibuprofen.
Stem Cell Therapy Following Bone Marrow Aspiration
This is the real treatments and the reason for the bone marrow aspiration in the first place. The bone marrow harvested through the aspiration process contains many cells with powerful healing and growth properties. The aim of bone marrow aspiration is to use those cells to facilitate healing in other parts of the body.
Once the bone marrow has been aspirated, it is run through a special machine to process and concentrate the stem cells. This stem cell concentrate can then be used to treat another problem area of your body, whether it’s knees, back, other joints, or another area of your body. In a follow up appointment,the stem cell concentrate will be injected into the problem area, allowing the powerful stem cells to facilitate the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues.