Stem Cell (BMAC Injection)
Patients are welcome to come to their initial consult ready to have their injection that day if they and Dr.Crawford decide that is their best treatment option. If you think you may want to have your procedure the same day as your consultation, please let our staff know when you schedule your appointment. Other patients schedule their injection for a future date.
The stem cell injection is an in-office procedure that takes about an hour, start to finish. It is done using a local anesthetic, so you can drive yourself to and from the appointment if desired. The procedure begins with Dr. Crawford withdrawing a small amount of bone marrow from the upper shin bone. Bone marrow is one of the richest sources of stem cells in your body and we put that bone marrow through a process of filtering, centrifuging and concentrating, in order to isolate and concentrate those stem cells for reinjection into your arthritic joint.
We know the bone marrow harvest sounds scary! Don’t worry, it takes about five minutes, it is done under local anesthetic and there is little to no pain. Some patients report an odd feeling of pressure and many don’t feel a thing and are shocked by how easy it is.
After the concentration process is complete, your stem cells are prepared for reinjection into your joint. For certain types of injections, especially hip injections, Dr. Crawford will perform the injection using imaging guidance to make sure the stem cells are delivered to the joint.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
Depending on your condition and Dr. Crawford’s assessment, you may elect to have a PRP procedure either in conjunction with your stem cell injection, or as a stand-alone procedure. The PRP process starts with a simple blood draw, then the blood is processed and prepared for injection into the joint or affected area. The whole process only takes about 30 minutes start to finish and is nearly painless.