Bone marrow aspirate concentrate is responsible for regenerating and rebuilding tissues and organs. These cells play a critical role in the body’s natural healing process. When the body is injured, stem cells mobilize to the injury site to help it heal. With injuries or areas of degeneration that may be caused by aging or wear and tear, there may not be enough stem cells present for optimal healing. BMAC helps to overcome this problem by directly supplying stems cells to the injured or degenerated area through an injection of concentrated stem cells. When these cells are introduced to the injured area, they initiate the body’s natural healing process, generating new, stronger tissue.
The stem cells are harvested from your own bone marrow by a board-certified radiologist with advanced training in this procedure. The site of extraction is locally numbed to minimize discomfort. Bone marrow is removed via needle aspiration from the back of your pelvis from an area called the iliac crest.
The sample is placed in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets and the stem cells from the other components in order to generate a powerful concentrate to promote healing.
The concentration of stem cells and healing components, collectively known as bone marrow concentrate, is introduced into the injured area using imaging guidance to ensure proper placement.
Immediately following the injection, the stem cells cause a release of cellular growth factors that trigger the body’s healing response and rejuvenate the diseased cells. They also exchange RNA with the abnormal cells to restore their vitality, and differentiate into cells required for repair of the ambient tissue. You may experience inflammation and soreness as the body’s healing process begins. In fact, there may be no symptom relief for a period of four to eight weeks. You will want to treat the injected area with care, like you would with a new injury, and avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on the area that is injured, crutches or a sling may be recommended for a short time to minimize the use of the area as healing begins.
In the months that follow, new tissue will begin to develop. As this tissue matures, it causes tightening and strengthening of the tendons, ligaments and muscles of the injury site. In joints or discs, decreased inflammation and formation of new cartilage or disc material contributes to the healing process.