BMAC Stem Cell Therapy Chicago, IL

There is a wide range of conventional therapies that are recommended to people with painful conditions which include joint, spine, arthritic pain, work or sports related injuries, tendon pain, ligament pain, and other degenerative painful conditions. The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute is proud to offer therapy options for qualifying patients with a form of regenerative medicine, called Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate (BMAC) Stem Cell Therapy.

What Is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate Stem Cell Therapy?

Bone Marrow is the soft spongy tissue that is found in the center of your bones. In adults, marrow in the iliac crest area is the production center of your red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma components. Since this is the location of production, immature forms of these cells called stem cells, will be found here.

  • May have less side effects when compared to steroid injections or surgery
  • Reservoir of stem cells
  • Regenerative properties
  • Natural and organic from your own body
  • Promotes healing
  • Minimal to no down time
  • Minimally invasive

What are Bone Marrow Stem Cells?

The immature stem cells inside the bone marrow have the potential to stimulate healing of muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, vessels, cartilage, or bone. Two of the main stem cells found in the bone marrow include:

  • Hematopoietic stem cells give rise to the three classes of blood cells in circulation: white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. These cells drive tissue regeneration and create supportive circulation.
  • Mesenchymal stem cells also known as Marrow Stromal Cells appear to have the capacity to form osteoblasts or bone structure, chondrocytes or cartilage, and myocytes or muscles.

What Conditions Benefit From Bone Marrow Aspiration Therapy?

  • Joint pain
  • Degenerative disc and spine pain
  • Arthritic pain
  • Ligament pain
  • Tendon pain
  • Work or Sport related injuries
  • Other degenerative painful conditions

 

FAQs About BMAC Stem Cell Therapy

Procedure Time

Treatment is in an outpatient setting. The actual extraction can take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, but the entire process may take up to one hour.

 

The Healing Process

Bone marrow stem cells are the regenerative cells responsible for repair and rebuilding damaged tissue. The concentrated cells appear to accelerate the healing process, promote strength, offer pain relief, and improve overall function. The healing cascade can be active and take place over 4 to 6 weeks. A follow-up Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure may be recommended if desired relief is not met.

 

Are There Any Risks in Bone Marrow Extraction?

Bone marrow extractions are safe procedures when conducted by a trained professional in a sterile environment. Complications are rare but include:

  • Bleeding, particularly in patients with a low platelet count or clotting disorder.
  • Infection, in patients with weakened immune systems. Antibiotics may be given post extraction to prevent infection.

 

 

How Long Is Recovery Time?

Most patients are able to return to usual activities within 1 to 2 days, but some pain may be felt for up to one week. If needed, medication may be prescribed for any pain.

What To Expect

The area of extraction is numbed with local anesthetic, so pain is minimal. Bone marrow is extracted from the back of the patient’s pelvis from an area called the posterior iliac crest. A suctioned syringe attached to a needle is used to reach the posterior aspect of the iliac crest, during which minimal discomfort may be felt. The collected sample is gathered from multiple regions within the iliac crest. This aspirate technique delivers a high concentration of cellular structures called colony-forming units-fibroblasts (CFU-F), which hold a rich reservoir of therapeutic cells to reintroduce to the injured area. Patients also have the option of receiving “twilight” sedation to help them through the procedure.