Baptist Health Louisville: Regenerative Use of Bone Marrow Aspiration
The bone marrow aspiration procedure uses stem cells to help the body repair itself and generate new tissue to damaged areas. Learn about this regenerative stem cell therapy from Baptist Health.
Regenerative Use of Bone Marrow Aspiration in Louisville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Christopher Pitcock, MD, Sports Medicine:
Regenerative medicine is using the patient’s own body tissues to help the body repair areas that may be damaged, such as cartilage, tendons or ligaments. Bone marrow aspiration is a way for us to obtain stem cells. Stem cells are another type of body tissue cell that helps the body repair itself and regenerate new tissues in injured areas.
In the bone marrow aspiration, there’s an area on the back part of the hip that we localize with ultrasound, then we anesthetize that area and go in with a needle and draw out about 60 cc of bone marrow. That is then put into a centrifuge, and the stem cells are separated, resulting in about 3 to 4 milliliters of stem cell concentration. Then, that stem cell concentration is injected back into the injured area. This can be an alternative to surgery for certain conditions. It’s much safer, has less side effects, and is certainly less invasive and can prevent future surgeries down the road.
The feedback from patients has been really pretty remarkable in my experience. One of the most gratifying parts of this job is being able to get people back to the activity they enjoy. To be able to allow them to be as functional as possible during the day, as safe as they can, and with as less pain as they can.