BMAC Injection Expectations [Video]

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About the video: What to expect during a BMAC injection?

Listen to our regenerative medicine experts Andrew Clary, D.O. and Steven Stulc, D.O. discuss the bone marrow aspirate concentrate procedure.

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Dr. Scofield’s education: Dr. Scofield completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He attended medical school and received his degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His residency was at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

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Video Transcription

Start to finish, the bone marrow aspirate concentrate procedure is: Bringing you back to the procedure room. You’ll have a discussion with the team and be introduced to everyone, of course. The procedure is done sterilely. So you will be prepped with a special solution to make sure everything is done safely and your risk for infection is as close to zero as can be humanly possibly created. So, and then after that, there will be sterile draping, which is sterile towels. We will use image guidance – ultrasound guidance or X-ray guidance – to make sure that we know exactly where to pinpoint the area that we’re going to be harvesting. Harvesting is the fancy word for where we’ll take the cells from. We’ll use a liberal amount of lidocaine or numbing medicine to make sure that the skin and the soft tissue, and even the bone is well numbed before the procedure is even started. And we take a needle and advance it, in some cases underneath X-ray guidance, sometimes underneath ultrasound guidance, onto the ileac crest, which is the name of the pelvic bone. Once it’s there, we gently insert the needle into the pelvis, and then we can extract the bone marrow. Sometimes when we’re aspirating, or pulling back, on the syringe, patients feel a little bit of an ache in that pelvis because of negative pressure. But again, it’s generally well tolerated. And then the needle is removed and we just put a little Band-Aid on the small incision site. Depending on what body part we’re putting it back into, we will always use some image guidance. If it’s a soft tissue, most of the time we’re going to be using an ultrasound machine to guide that into a tendon, or sometimes a joint. If it’s a larger joint, or a disc in the back, or a joint in the back, typically we’re going to be using a live X-ray machine called the fluoroscope.

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