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What is it?
Bone Marrow Aspirate Stem Cell Concentrate (BMAC) is a component of your bone marrow that contains growth factors and anti-inflammatory proteins which have been shown to promote bone and soft tissue healing as well as reduce symptoms of pain related to injuries, tendinitis and arthritis.
How is it done?
Stem cells can be found in many tissues throughout your body, but one of the richest sources can be found in your bone marrow. Fortunately, bone marrow can be harvested from several bones within your body and is relatively easy to access. Your bone marrow will be aspirated through a small needle puncture in your posterior iliac crest (pelvic bone) and placed in a special processing unit, which will concentrate your body’s stem cells, platelets and growth factors. The concentrate will be collected into a sterile syringe and injected into the targeted body area being treated.
Why is this recommended?
BMAC may be recommended typically for patients that have failed other conservative therapies including physical therapy, medications, rest, and other injections. It is also a good option for those that are not candidates for surgery or prefer to avoid elective surgery.
Conditions that may be treated include: Osteoarthritis of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot, rotator cuff tears, ligament tears including tears of the UCL in the elbow of throwing athletes, hip labral tears, articular Cartilage injuries, advanced tendon injuries and high-grade tendon injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot and muscle strains or tears
What can I expect?
Patients may experience soreness at the collection site and treatment site for a few days following the procedure. Most patients will begin to see improvement approximately 1 to 2 months after treatment has been completed. Increased stability and strength are typically reported along with the decrease in pain. Recovery time and outcome will be dependent upon the structure treated and how chronic the problem.