When you have ongoing joint pain or an injury that fails to improve with traditional medical care, you may be searching for other options. Nic Gay, MD, Masi Reynolds, MD, and the team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in Fremont, California, offer bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) treatments, which may help ease inflammation and pain. To learn more about BMAC, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
BMAC is a substance that contains a concentration of bone marrow cells. Bone marrow is a spongy tissue located in the hollow portions of your bones. Its primary job is to produce blood.
Bone marrow also contains stem cells, which are the cells your body uses to regenerate and repair tissues and organs in your body. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to transform into any type of cell your body might need, such as blood cells, nerve cells, or bone cells.
BMAC is a type of precision medicine therapy that contains cells found in your bone marrow.
The orthopaedic experts at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics determine if you’re a candidate for BMAC after a consultation. Though researchers are still investigating the benefits of BMAC, early studies have produced positive outcomes.
The team may recommend BMAC if you have an orthopaedic condition that causes pain or disability, and traditional treatments fail to provide significant relief.
Conditions the orthopaedic experts may treat with BMAC include:
The Silicon Valley Orthopaedics team may also use BMAC as a preventive measure for patients with arthritis.
Your provider at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics reviews the details of your BMAC treatment at your initial consultation so you know what to expect.
First, your provider performs a minimally invasive procedure to remove bone marrow from one of your large bones, usually the pelvis. Your provider then processes the bone marrow to get it ready for treatment.
Your provider then injects the BMAC into the tissue that’s causing problems. The team uses X-ray-guided imaging during injections to ensure accurate placement of the BMAC.
The team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics may provide at-home care instructions following your BMAC injection. However, you should be able to resume most of your usual activities within a day or two.
Results from BMAC can vary. The team schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your condition and provide additional treatments as needed.
To learn more about BMAC and how it might benefit your musculoskeletal condition, call Silicon Valley Orthopaedics or schedule an appointment online today.