BONE MARROW ASPIRATE CONCENTRATE
What is it?Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate “BMAC” is a minimally invasive autologous blood therapy procedure that uses the patient’s own stem cells in concentrated form to stimulate the healing process. Stem cells play a vital role in every healing process within the human body, especially for osteogenesis (bone formation) and angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth). Although there are other synthetic products that attempt to mimic the body's own healing process, there is nothing that works as well or is as safe as a patient's own stem cells. To learn more about our BMAC services, please contact your local clinical representative.
Who is it for?As we age our ratio of stem cells to total cells decrease over time - which is why young people heal so much faster than elderly people. BMAC is effective because it concentrates the stem cells into a therapeutic range that mimics the natural healing process that occurs in a younger patient. Many surgeons are using BMAC with aging patients in need of spinal fusions, hip revisions, AVN, non-union, fractures and other orthopedic injuries. Additionally, BMAC is being utilized as a safe alternative option for chronic knee and back pain rather than having to undergo a more invasive surgery that can be traumatic, painful and require many months of rehabilitation.
How does it work?Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) is prepared from bone marrow obtained from the iliac crest (hip) – where the highest concentration of stem cells in the body reside. Our team of specialists provides the equipment and supplies for the surgeon to aspirate the hip. Once aspirated, the clincial technician concentrates and prepares the BMAC for the surgeon to apply into the surgical site. The bone marrow aspirate is placed into a centrifuge that seperates and concentrates the stem cells, which becomes a gelatinous liquid that can be delivered to the surgical site through enriched bone grafts, percutaneous injections or topical spray.