For patients seeking stem cell therapy, bone marrow is often the first option we look at. This can be a very effective treatment for patients who need stem cells and have healthy bones.
Bone marrow is the sponge-like material that is found inside of bones. This material contains Mesenchymal stem cells for MSCs that can regenerate tissue, as well as immature cells called blood-forming stem cells, which divide to form more blood-forming stem cells. They can also form into white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelets. Bone marrow stem cells can be used to help restore stem cells that have been damaged.
Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Bone marrow stem cells are classified as mesenchymal stem cells, which can differentiate into cells that belong to the musculoskeletal system. They can help to form ligaments, articular cartilage, tendon, trabecular bone, and part of the bone marrow. Because of this, and because bone marrow stem cells divide frequently, it is a great option for treating damaged tissues.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment
Stem cells used in this treatment are obtained from the center of the bone, also called marrow. Obtaining bone marrow, often called harvesting, is done with general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. Needles are inserted over the hip bone or the breastbone to draw the marrow out of the bone. This procedure usually takes about one hour. The harvested marrow is then processed and can be preserved using cryopreservation to keep stem cells alive until they are needed. There is minimal risk associated with donating bone marrow, since such a small amount of bone marrow is removed. The process of obtaining bone marrow stem cells is done by your healthcare team, and is not conducted at MetroMD.
At MetroMD, we take these preserved stem cells and use them to help treat orthopedic related issues. These stem cells are commonly used to treat injuries such as a meniscus tear, degenerative disc disease, healing ligaments or tendons, regenerating articular cartilage in arthritic joints, and more. During treatment, the stem cells will be injected into the injured area. There is little to no downtime required, and results will become apparent over time.
Bone Marrow Stem Cells at MetroMD
If you believe you could benefit from bone marrow stem cells in Hollywood and Los Angeles, CA, contact MetroMD today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns that may be present.