When processing autologous stem cells from bone marrow (bone marrow is the soft tissue in the large bones center that produces red and white blood cells and platelets), the patient is injected his own stem cells from bone marrow taken from the pelvic bone. After separation in the centrifuge, the patient receives his own stem cells.
The great advantage of autologous stem cells is that the cells and the body are compatible and no rejection occurs against the host.
A bone marrow aspiration is usually done by taking a small amount of bone marrow from the back of your pelvis. After thoroughly numbing the area with a local anesthetic, we insert a special needle called a cannula and syringe to extract bone marrow.
After extraction, we are preparing a bone marrow concentrate by centrifugation and cellular phoresis. This gives us a predictable number of stem cells and growth factors. We also use an ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance to ensure that we inject the cells in the exact area that needs healing.
Demonstration of the bone marrow aspiration by Dr. Sylvain Simard
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