I’m down in the Bahamas lecturing, and as a result, I wanted to share what I’ve been teaching other physicians about stem cell harvesting techniques. My lecture this morning is specifically on how to maximize the number of stem cells that can be obtained from a BMA procedure. Below I’ll discuss questions that patients can ask doctors to see if they are stem cell experts or novices.
A BMA, or bone marrow aspiration, is a procedure where a doctor takes a small sample of the liquid portion of the bone marrow, called an “aspirate.” The doctor will use a machine or a lab to extract a cell fraction that is rich in stem cells. So the better your doctor is at the procedure, the more stem cells you’ll have. The more cells you have, in general, the bigger dose of stem cells you’ll get and the greater chance you’ll have of the procedure being effective. If your doctor does this procedure poorly, you’ll have fewer cells and will get a smaller dose of stem cells.
The video above goes into much detail, and while the slides are aimed at a physician audience, the narration is aimed at a patient audience. From the video, here are the things you should ask your doctor, to see if he or she is performing this procedure to maximize your stem cell yield:
The upshot? At the end of the day, an educated patient generally receives better medical care than one who hasn’t done his or her homework. While all doctors performing stem cell treatments may look the same, they’re not the same. When it comes to a bone marrow aspiration procedure, few do this right to maximize your chances of success. So take a few minutes and ask your doctor (or the doctor’s assistant) these four simple questions to help determine if he or she is a stem cell expert or novice. If the doctor is not doing everything shown to maximize the number of stem cells, then find another doctor! All Regenexx-trained physicians follow all of the rules to maximize stem cells! For a list of those expert stem cell doctors, click here…
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About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…