Prior to being driven to the office, you will have been prescribed a pain or anxiety medication. There is slight discomfort or pressure in obtaining the bone marrow and this is minimized by medication. Using ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy, an experienced orthopedic surgeon will remove some of your bone marrow from the back of the pelvis or other bone site. In either our office or an outpatient facility, the blood is placed into a centrifuge device that will separate the stem cells from the bone marrow.
You will receive an anesthetic in the area to which the stem cells will be injected. The stem cells will then be injected with ultrasound guidance, back into your body into the area of injury or damage, to aid in natural healing. The entire procedure will take one to two hours. You should have very little, if any, recollection of the procedure itself.
In many instances, a blood draw from the arm for platelets may be added to a stem cell procedure. This is performed to add cells from blood that have additional healing factors.