What is Bone Marrow Concentrate?
Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) is often indicated in cases of severe arthritis or joint degeneration. BMC Therapy uses bone marrow drawn from the hip (known as Bone Marrow Aspirate), which is then filtered and spun down to achieve a concentrated amount of bone marrow to inject in the area of injury/pain.
The concentration level is customized to the patient and can be mixed with ACP or PRP to enhance regenerative potential. The stem cells that come from the bone marrow act as the foundation for new cellular growth in a diseased joint.
What to expect?
Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) is obtained by drawing from the back of the hip bone. Patients are given pain medication and the area is numbed. In a completely sterile environment, the doctor will use a special tool to insert into the hip bone and draw the bone marrow. Once enough BMA is obtained, the doctor will apply 1-2 stitches to close the area and apply a wound dressing. A few days later, the patient will go back to their doctor to have the stitches removed. Some Patients experience some mild discomfort and stiffness in the area for a few days.
After the BMA is spun into BMC, the area for injection is prepared just as with an ACP or PRP injection. Under ultrasound guidance, the doctor will inject the BMC into the area of pain/degeneration and the patient will be on their way.
“I’m quite pleased with the results.”
What is the difference between PRP and BMC?
Because PRP is generally used for more mild to moderate osteoarthritis or tendon injuries, BMC targets more challenging cases including moderate to severe osteoarthritis.
The benefits of BMC:
- More Robust Healing
- Relieve Pain and Reduce Swelling
- Quick Recovery Time
- Safe and Effective
- Natural Growth Factors