What is Stem Cell (BMAC) Injection Therapy? [Video]

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About the video: What is stem cell (BMAC) injection therapy?

Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ regenerative medicine experts Andrew Clary, D.O., and Steven Stulc, D.O. discuss the process of stem cell injection therapy.

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Dr. Clary’s background: Dr. Clary completed his undergraduate studies in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both an Anesthesiology-focused residency and an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship.

Meet Dr. Steven Stulc

Dr. Stulc’s approach: “My goal is to treat patients with a comprehensive approach to their spine related disorders, understanding that improving pain and function can have a tremendous impact on quality of life.”

Dr. Stulc’s education: Dr. Stulc studied at Southwestern Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN for his undergraduate degree, and he completed his medical degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. Following his residency in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Mayo Clinic, he completed advanced fellowship training in Interventional Pain Medicine at Penn State University’s Department of Anesthesiology in Hershey, PA.

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BMAC is an acronym for bone marrow aspirate concentrate. Basically we’re using bone marrow cells. There are subsets within the bone marrow. They’re called mesenchymal cells. They’re basically cells in the bone marrow that can become bone, ligament, soft tissue, other things. We would basically take some cells out of the bone marrow in the iliac crest, which is in the hip area, remove some of those cells, use a very specialized piece of equipment to concentrate that amount of cells that’s withdrawn so that we get a fraction of it that’s the bone marrow aspirate concentrate that has that healing potential – that when we put it on something, it can have that potential to heal the area that’s injured. More and more studies are actually showing that osteoarthritis is an imbalance between anabolic, which are the healthy chemicals that help heal a joint, and the catabolic pathways, which are the inflammatory chemicals that can kind of prolong and sustain osteoarthritis. So our hope is that when we put this bone marrow aspirate concentrate into the joint, that the growth factor cytokines and the mesenchymal stem cells can return balance into that joint and help the anabolic pathways heal it and reduce inflammation long term.

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