What is Bone Marrow Aspiration Therapy (BMAC)? BMAC therapy is a non-invasive procedure that Dr. Naftulin performs in an out-patient setting. Bone marrow aspirate is directly obtained from a bone called the iliac crest (hip). Bone marrow houses stem cells which can form new cells such as bone, cartilage and muscle.
A special needle is used to gather the bone marrow which is able to collect a high concentration of stem cells from your marrow. The newly concentrated stem cells are then injected into the problematic area to stimulate cell regeneration.
I have heard of cortisone injections, is it the same thing? – Studies have shown that cortisone injections may actually weaken tissue. Cortisone shots may provide temporary pain relief but do not promote long term healing.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy is used to promote healing of the target tissues such as ligaments, tendons, cartilage or discs.
Does insurance pay for BMAC Injections? – No. Despite several publications and peer reviewed journals showing the efficacy of BMAC, it is not covered by insurance at this time. Comparable to many prescribed medications and treatments, these procedures are not FDA approved for these diagnoses. Nevertheless, regenerative medicine has shown great promise in effectively treating these difficult-to-treat, painful and disabling conditions.
How long does it take to “work”? – Many patients will notice some level of improvement within 2-6 weeks. However, the full benefits of decreased pain and an associated improvement in function may take 3 – 6 months.
How many injections will I need? Are there other regenerative medicine options? – We expect only to perform one BMAC stem cell injection. Other options include PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or amniotic-derived tissue.