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Where is Bone Marrow Taken From the Body?

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During cellular therapy, our office may use your bone marrow for treatment, such as the Regenexx®-SD procedure. However, if you are not familiar with the process of obtaining bone marrow, it can sound scary. Dr. Christie Lehman and Dr. Nate Crider, physicians board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, can help you to understand the entire process. Schedule a consultation with Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC to learn more about how our office can help you today.

 

What is Regenexx-SD, bone marrow concentrate?

 

Regenexx-SD is procedure utilizing your own bone marrow for the specialized cells and growth factors.  This procedure involves harvesting bone marrow from the back of your pelvis and then separating and concentrating it in our onsite lab. Then, this concentrate is injected into the injured area to help improve function. There are many types of conditions that can be treated with cellular therapy, including osteoarthritis, back pain, chronic injuries, and sports injuries. However, not everyone is a good candidate for Regenexx-SD. Dr. Lehman and Dr. Crider can help you to learn if it may be a good option for you.

 

How is bone marrow harvested?

 

Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found at the center of large bones in your body. To start your bone marrow harvest, a local anesthetic will be administered to the skin to reduce discomfort during your procedure. However, if you are nervous about the procedure, an oral sedative may be available. Then, Dr. Lehman or Dr. Crider will insert a special needle through the skin, and through the bony cortex of pelvic bone, and withdraw bone marrow. Once they have enough marrow, it will be processed to form a concentrate. After this, your bone marrow concentrate will be injected into your treatment sites. If you think cellular therapy with bone marrow concentrate may be for you, contact Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC to learn more about how Dr. Lehman and Dr. Crider can help you.

 

What is recovery like after your bone marrow harvest?

 

Recovery is different for every patient; however, you may experience some discomfort with direct pressure at the site where your bone marrow was taken.  However, our office may prescribe pain medications to help with discomfort after your bone marrow cellular therapy. You may also need to limit any physical activity, so you can recover safely. It is important to follow all instructions given to you after your procedure to ensure the best recovery possible.

 

Where can I get bone marrow cellular therapy?

 

At Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC, bone marrow is taken from the back of your pelvic bone. This is then turned into bone marrow concentrate to be used in bone marrow cellular therapy. While this may sound like a scary process, Dr. Christie Lehman and Dr. Nate Crider can help you through the entire treatment and explain every step in greater detail. Contact Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC for a full consultation on the state of your orthopedic and sports medicine needs.

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