Who should have BMC or PRP procedures?
These procedures are recommended for those who have trouble with the thought of having surgery, for those where surgery is not an option, and for those who are too young for total joint replacement. Your problem will be diagnosed after a consultation which may include lab work, x-rays or MRI. Your insurance will typically cover the costs of these tests.
How does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) work to help my pain?
Platelets are fragments that float freely in the bloodstream, and are part of the clotting process. In this procedure we take a small volume of your own blood and separate the platelets from the rest of the blood components. We then inject these platelets into your trouble spots to assist the body’s natural healing process and improve function.
What types of pain does PRP help?
PRP is primarily used to help muscle and soft tissue pain. It will make things feel better for a short while, but it doesn’t get to the bottom of the problem. It is a good answer if you need to feel good for awhile, such as recovering from a hamstring injury.
What kind of preparation is needed?
Patients should be off their anti inflammatory medications for one week before, and two weeks following the procedure so they don’t interfere with the natural healing process. You also want to plan your injection for a time when you can limit your activities for approximately 2 weeks.
How does Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) work to help my pain?
Bone marrow is retrieved from the inside of your hip bone, specifically the firm spots on the back of the hip. The hip has very easy access and is a good source of bone marrow. We typically fill 2-4 large syringes with bone marrow material. It is then processed to separate just the bone marrow for injection. You are given light sedation for this procedure. All preparation of the bone marrow and the injection is done right in the OR under sterile conditions.