What is the BMAC Procedure?
Typically done under sedation or general anesthesia, a needle is used to remove the bone marrow from within your bone. For most patients, the marrow will be extracted from the hip region, but can also be taken from other sites on the body. A hollow needle is inserted into the bone and a syringe is used to withdraw the bone marrow. After the bone marrow has been collected, the needle is removed and pressure is applied to subside any bleeding. A small dressing is then applied.
Once the bone marrow has been removed, the sample of bone marrow is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, white blood cells and serum from red blood cells. The platelets, white blood cells and stem cells are concentrated together composing the bone marrow aspirate stem cell mixture.
The skin and soft tissue of the injured area is anesthetized with local anesthesia. Those BMAC cells are then injected directly back into the injured area. Depending on the size of the injured area, one or several needle injections are inserted to optimize placement of the BMAC regenerative treatment.