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Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injection

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injection

Bone marrow is categorized as a biological treatment that can be autologous (from self) or allogenic (from others). We use bone marrow from your own body. Bone marrow is full of many growth factors and bioactive proteins that are intimately involved in the healing process. Bone marrow also contains stem cells, which have the unique ability to divide into other cell types. The stem cells of most interest to us are the medicinal signaling cells (MSCs) in the bone marrow that possess the potential to guide and direct the healing process in a way that would be similar to how a head football coach leads his team. The stem cells can secrete bioactive proteins and also stimulate neighboring cells to participate in the healing process.

These are the steps involved in obtaining bone marrow:

  • The physician will insert a large needle directly into the back portion of the hip bone under x-ray.
  • Approximately 10 cc of blood is drawn quickly from this portion of the hip bone.
  • The bone marrow aspirate is injected into a special test tube.
  • The syringe is now ready to be injected back into the body

Bone marrow works much differently than conventional measures, like corticosteroids. The effects typically takes 8-12 weeks for the patient to notice the results. How long the pain relief lasts varies person to person. For some, the relief lasts several months or longer. Recent data suggests that two to three injections will provide the best results.

The risk of a complication from obtaining bone marrow from the hip is low. Rarely, complications include bleeding or infection at the injection site, which is unusual for this procedure. Most of the time, these effects resolve within a few hours. Since the blood is from your own body, there is no risk in putting the bone marrow contents back into your own body.

Do not do any rigorous activity for the first day after your injection. Take it easy. You can return to your normal activities the next day. No running or jogging for at least 72 hours after the procedure. Do not drive the day of the injection if you have had any form of anesthesia.

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