Mesenchymal Stem Cells can be obtained from bone marrow. This is done under local anesthetic (numbing medicine) in the office. The back portion of the iliac crest is numbed and then a special needle like instrument is guided into the bone to obtain the MSCs.
The harvest site is covered with a small bandage and the cells are then injected into the injured area requiring treatment under ultrasound guidance. The harvest site has mild soreness (similar to a bruise) for a couple of days. Results are usually seen in a couple of months.
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