Stem Cell – Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) Injections
What are stem cells?
Also known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), these cells are active healing agents in the body. They have the ability to decrease inflammation and restore a healthier environment within a painful joint. They also recruit healing cells to a site of injury or pain and may form other cell types, including cartilage and bone.
Where do stem cells come from?
Adult stem cells can be found in many places, including bone marrow, fat, and placental and umbilical cord tissue. Currently the most accepted area to collect and concentrate MSCs used for orthopedic applications is bone marrow from the iliac crest (“hip bone”). Bone marrow is removed from the hip bone using a simple procedure, and the bone marrow aspirate is then concentrated in a centrifuge. This is called bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). Once concentrated, the final product is very similar to PRP but with the addition of stem cells.
How long does the procedure take?
On the same day your bone marrow is collected and concentrated, the product is then injected into the area of the body being treated under image guidance (ultrasound or X-ray). The total procedure time usually takes 45 to 60 minutes. The most common orthopedic condition treated with stem cells is osteoarthritis and painful joints.
Will my insurance cover it?
While some research has shown regenerative therapies to be very helpful, they are currently not covered by most major medical insurance plans. But if your condition is a result of a work-related injury and is covered under worker’s compensation, you may be eligible for payment for some regenerative therapies. In addition, many patients are able to use their health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for their treatment.
What are the costs?
The costs vary depending on what type of injection is right for you. A Patient Financial Services Representative can talk with you about the details. You can reach them at (651) 968–5050 for more pricing information.
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