Bone marrow stem cell therapy is a very versatile treatment. It can be used to promote healing in larger joints, such as the hips and knees, as well as smaller joints, like the ankles and thumbs. It’s also a new possible alternative to surgery if your condition has been unresponsive to conservative approaches. When some injuries are so extensive they require surgery; our team of world class physicians can add bone marrow stem cells in the operating room to potentially speed healing and regulate inflammation and pain naturally.
If you are scheduled to undergo bone marrow stem cell therapy treatment, it’s important to know that your stem cell therapy treatments are separated into several steps.
Prior to appointment
It’s important to avoid anti-inflammatories like Advil, ibuprofen Aleve 1 week before & approximately 2 weeks after your procedure for best results. If you are on blood thinners, please check with your doctor beforehand. Avoid eating fatty foods like potato chips, pork sausage, cheese and crackers, ice cream and french fries at least 8 hours before your blood draw for best results. Make sure you eat a meal before your appointment and drink plenty of water. If your procedure is performed at our surgery center, you may be asked NOT to eat for a number of hours if sedation is needed. You will receive further instructions from the surgery center staff.
First, we’ll have you lie on your stomach. Medications may be administered orally or IV to ensure a comfortable experience.
From there, we will use a needle to carefully extract bone marrow from your pelvis bone (PSIS) utilizing ultrasound guidance for precise visualization.
Once we’ve collected a sufficient amount, we concentrate the marrow aspirate to isolate the regenerative cells and proteins, before injecting them directly into your damaged regions on the same day. Dynamic ultrasound and/or X-Ray fluoroscopic guidance is used to selectively target painful structures in a comfortable manner. You can expect to be at the office for approximately 3-4 hours with some down time in between removing marrow and receiving injection.
To complete your procedure, we’ll apply bandages to the area and send you home to begin the recovery process.
Unlike other non-surgical treatments, there is a brief recovery period associated with bone marrow stem cell therapy. In most cases, you’ll need to avoid any strenuous exercise and placing stress on your joints for at least one to two weeks to give your body the opportunity to heal properly. Often the injected area may be sore for 48-72 hours while the early inflammation phase subsides. Often lower extremity weight bearing is restricted for 2 days post procedure followed by physical therapy beginning 5 days post procedure. In about six weeks, we’ll often have you return for a follow-up injection with platelet-rich plasma therapy, as a booster to maximize the healing.
Our team at Orthohealing has pioneered this treatment and successfully used this therapy for several years. We regularly lecture and publish research on bone marrow stem cell therapy that influences the medical community around the world. As such, you can be at ease knowing that you are in the care of pioneering orthopedic experts. For more information, give us a call at 310-312-8095.