Bone marrow is a soft spongy tissue present inside bones that form blood cells. Bone marrow aspirate involves a comfortable and less invasive procedure. It is a 30-40-minute procedure where the skin and tissues are anesthetized and marrow blood is withdrawn using a needle. The blood from bone marrow contains stem cells. This procedure can be done at the same time as a bone marrow biopsy.
Bone marrow aspiration provides complete information about the condition of your bone marrow and blood cells. Your doctor may suggest a bone marrow exam if your blood tests do not provide required information about a suspected problem or your blood tests are abnormal. Doctors usually perform bone marrow aspirate to:
It is the most preferred site as no major organs or blood vessels are located nearby
It is rarely used because this site involved higher risk as it is situated near the heart and major blood vessels
This location is typically used in infants
Bone marrow aspiration is a short procedure. The doctor makes a small incision and inserts a hollow needle through the bone into the bone marrow. The doctor withdraws a sample of the liquid part of the bone marrow using a syringe attached to the needle. During this, you may feel a little sharp pain. Your doctor may take various samples. Then the healthcare team checks the samples to make sure the sample is sufficient. In rare cases when the fluid cannot be withdrawn doctors move the needle for another draw.
A bone marrow aspiration is usually performed by a specially trained technician, oncologist, hematologist or pathologist.
Depends on the area we are trying to help heal. Could be as small as 5mls to as much as 20 or even 30 mls. Be sure to be nice and hydrated when you get your blood drawn!
That all depends on the injury. We like to do sets of three injections spaced out 2-3 weeks for most musculoskeletal injuries. Results are enhanced when stacked with the shockwave therapy machine.
That depends on the injury. Stem cell is much more powerful than PRP and has the potential to regenerate cartilage which is a must if we are dealing with an arthritis type conditions.