For more severe orthopedic problems, we must help the body by directly injecting autologous (your own) stem cells into the injured or diseased area. The type of stem cells involved in tissue repair are called mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs. The FDA allows us to concentrate stem cells from your bone marrow. Although fat is a great source of stem cells the FDA guidelines prohibit doctors in the US from using fat for stem cell purposes. Most patients feel that this is minimally painful.

Conditions for which this technique may be effective include:

  • Osteoarthritis in a joint
  • Osteochondral defect (damaged cartilage or bone within a joint)
  • Muscle, tendon, or ligament tear
  • Lumbar disc disease
  • Labral injuries of the shoulder and hip
  • And others
Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow Stem Cells

A bone marrow aspirate is typically done by taking a small amount of bone marrow from the back of your pelvis. After numbing the area thoroughly with local anesthetic, we insert a special needle called a cannula and syringe to draw out the bone marrow.

After extraction, we prepare a bone marrow concentrate by centrifugation and cellular phoresis. This gives us a predictable number of stem cells and growth factors. Using ultrasound guidance or fluoroscopy to ensure the precise target, we inject the concentrated cells into the area that needs healing.

Not all of your stem cells are created equal. Fat-derived stem cells are better for treating certain conditions than bone marrow cells. Based on your diagnosis, your doctor will determine which method is appropriate.

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