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Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes the body’s natural healing mechanism to treat various conditions.

Stem cells are used to renew and repair diseased or damaged tissue. Stem cells are present in all of us and act as a repair system for the body. Though with increased age, the necessary amounts of stem cells are not present at the injured area. However, there is a type of cell found in bone marrow, known as stromal stem cells, that have the potential to generate bone, cartilage and fat cells. As these cells replicate, they can support the formation of fibrous connective tissue.

BMC treatment is intended to heal, not to prevent you from feeling or noticing an underlying problem that still exists. Often, a single treatment is all that is needed.

Procedure

BMC uses a concentration of stem cells that have been obtained from a patient’s own bone marrow to treat injuries. Typically extracted from your hip region, the doctor will first clean and numb the area. A needle is then inserted into the area of your pelvic bone known as the iliac crest. Bone marrow is then aspirated using a special syringe and placed into a centrifuge and spun so a concentrated stem cell sample is separated.

The doctor will then numb and clean the area to be treated. Using special x-rays and guidance the stem cells will be injected into the diseased region. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour, so you are able to return home the same day.

What does BMC treat?

  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Tennis and golf elbow
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow)

Post-procedural care

  • You will most likely be able to return to work the day following your procedure
  • You will need to take it easy and avoid any load bearing activities for at least two weeks following the procedure.
  • You will need to refrain from taking any non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) for a while as this can affect the healing process of your body.

Risks and Complications

Stem cell therapy is generally considered a safe procedure with minimal complications, however, as with any medical procedure, complications can occur. Some risk factors related to stem cell therapy include infection as bacteria, viruses or other pathogens that can cause disease may be introduced during the preparation process. The procedure to remove or inject cells also has the risk of introducing infection to the damaged tissue into which they are injected. Very rarely, an immune reaction can occur from injected stem cells.

Bone Marrow-Based Stem Cell Therapy

One of the most cutting-edge treatments for tendon injuries and osteoarthritis is Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) therapy. BMC can help speed healing of moderate to severe osteoarthritis or tendon injuries.

NanoKnee clinics in Los Angeles, Pismo Beach and Bakersfield are proud to be among the first to offer this promising new therapy to its patients.


What Makes BMC Treatment Different?

The unique properties of stem cells are at the heart of what BMC therapy has to offer. In many instances, stem cells function as an internal repair system. They can divide almost without limit as needed to replenish other cells. In addition, when a stem cell does divide, it can either remain a stem cell or become a different type of cell that has a more specialized function.

A type of cell found in bone marrow, known as stromal stem cells, has the potential to generate bone, cartilage and fat cells. As these cells replicate, they can support the formation of fibrous connective tissue.

How Does Treatment Work?

BMC employs a concentration of stem cells that have been obtained from a patient’s own bone marrow to treat injuries. A small amount of marrow is removed and placed in a centrifuge to separate the bone marrow cells. Next, these cells are injected into the injured area of the body.

As straightforward as this sounds, it is only possible because of recent breakthroughs in medical technology. Today, NanoKnee is among those who are able to offer a therapy that was much more difficult and expensive to deliver in the past.


Does the Treatment Hurt?

In most cases, patients experience minimal pain. Local anesthetic and moderate sedation make this a painless procedure.

You may experience tenderness at the site of the BMC injection. If this does occur, it generally resolves within a few days. The use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen are not advised following treatment, as these medications could block the healing response the injection is designed to cause.

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What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

BMC treatment is intended to heal, not to prevent you from feeling or noticing an underlying problem that still exists. Often, a single treatment is all that is needed. You will experience some discomfort and swelling for a few days, but by the end of the first week, these symptoms should be resolving. Physical therapy can begin at this point, to help speed the healing process.

NanoKnee offers a digital rehab program that utilizes iPad-based software, a Fitbit and Skype sessions with a physical therapist. We can track your progress in detail and call you in for an in-person consultation whenever that is needed. The period of time required for you to feel the full benefits varies from person to person.

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Are There People Who Should Not Receive BMC?

There are some medical conditions that would make you ineligible for this treatment. These include cancer derived from bone marrow (e.g. lymphoma) or other metastatic forms of cancer. You should not receive BMC if you have an active systemic infection. If you take blood-thinning medication, you would need to discontinue it prior to treatment.

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