Stem Cells from Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC)

What Is Bone Marrow?

Bone marrow is the soft spongy tissue that is found in the center of your bones. Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) is made from fluid taken from the marrow. Since this is the location of production, immature forms of cells, called stem cells, will be found here.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are the body’s main cells for repairing damaged tissue and reducing inflammation. They can divide and replenish cells that have been damaged by disease, injury or normal wear and tear. BMC/Stem Cell injections are used to treat various orthopedic injuries, tendon injuries and osteoarthritis.

How does BMC therapy work?

While similar to Platelet Rich Plasma and using your body’s growth factors; BMC also utilizes stem cells that are contained within your own bone marrow. The marrow contains a rich pool of pluripotent stem cells that can be withdrawn from your hip bone.

How is the Bone Marrow Concentrate Collected?

This procedure will be done under x-ray guidance in order to guarantee a successful aspiration.

You will arrive into a sterile procedure room and be prompted to lay down on your stomach. The area will be cleaned and prepped. Dr. Anden will use a local anesthetic to numb the area, which will be at the top ridge of the rear of the hipbone.

Dr. Anden will insert a hollow needle through your skin and into the bone. The center portion of the needle is removed, and a syringe is attached to draw fluid out of the marrow. You should only feel pressure and possible dull ache at this time.

After the procedure, you will be bandaged and rest while Dr. Anden processes and collects the stem cells. Your injection will be done 20 minutes after the aspiration.

Post injection soreness at the injection site (shoulder, hip, knee, etc.….) can be expected because of the inflammatory response, just like Plate Rich Plasma. This pressure and soreness usually resolves within a few days after the injection. It is acceptable to use pain medication after this procedure. A prescription may be provided to control discomfort as needed.

IT IS CRITICAL TO AVOID ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATION and ICE before and after the procedure. We want to create an “inflammatory” response, which is going to stimulate your body into healing the injured area. If you are using ice or anti-inflammatories this will counteract the treatment. Avoid medications such as: Aleve, Motrin, Celebrex and Naproxen/Naprosyn.

BMC / Stem Cell Injection Treatment Protocol

The recovery process and minor risks are similar to Platelet Rich Plasma Injections.

On average, most patients see signs of improvement within 6-8 weeks. During this time frame you will want to avoid over loading the injected area and generally “take it easy” while the body is healing itself. It takes time to heal and regenerate, so you can expect a slow progression over 3-6 months.

The most important part of any stem cell therapy is adhering to your post-procedure restrictions, which are covered before your procedure. For the procedure to have the best chance to yield lasting benefit, our physician strongly recommends:

  • No anti-inflammatory medications for a minimum (preferred) 6 weeks
  • Rest for the first 24–48 hours, but do not lie sedentary
  • Start Physical Therapy within 4-6 days.
  • *Get your recovery packet here!