Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) Autologous Stem Cell Therapy Overview
What is BMAC?
Also called Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, BMAC is made up of stem cells found in the bone marrow. BMAC is comprised of anti-inflammatory proteins and growth factors that have been shown to be beneficial in healing soft tissues and bone. The growth factors have been shown to reduce pain caused by injury, arthritis or tendinitis. Dr. Nikhil Verma, orthopedic specialist, uses BMAC in conjunction with surgical procedures to treat patients in Westchester, Oakbrook, Hinsdale and surrounding Chicago communities who may benefit from stem cell therapy.
What are BMAC autologous stem cells used for?
For patients in the Chicago area who are suffering from chronic joint pain, due to arthritis or an old injury, BMAC has been shown to be an ideal solution to help joint pain. BMAC continues to be on the forefront of biologic medicine in treating ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage. Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate is classified as an “autologous” stem cell therapy, meaning it uses the patient’s own adult stem cells, harvested from their own bone marrow. These specific type of stem cells assist with healing and regeneration of damaged tissue. Risk of rejection is eliminated, because these special cells are from the patient’s own body.
What conditions can be treated with Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate?
Dr. Verma has success in treating the following orthopedic conditions in patients who qualify for BMAC stem cell injections:
- Cartilage Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Focal Chondral Lesions
- Joint Pain
How is a BMAC injection done?
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate injection is done in a two-step process. First Dr. Verma harvest the bone barrow and places it in a centrifuge which separates the bone marrow where he obtains a concentration of stem cells. These cells of the bone marrow aspirate concentrate are then injected directly into the patient’s damaged tissue to promote healing.
How long is the recovery after a BMAC injection?
Most patients who are treated with BMAC stem cells experience some level of improvement by 2-6 weeks following their treatment. Patients in the Chicago area experience a decrease in pain, along with added strength and stability. BMAC can continue to offer benefits 2-3 months after the procedure. Dr. Verma recommends that patients remain active and continue physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles.
Does insurance pay for BMAC injections?
BMAC injections are gaining in popularity and are seen as a safe and effective non-surgical joint pain treatment. The procedure for obtaining the bone marrow is FDA approved, but BMAC stem cell injections are still considered “experimental”. Preliminary data on BMAC is very encouraging however clinical trials are ongoing to further confirm the effectiveness of BMAC. For this reason, not every insurance will cover BMAC injections. We are happy to help you contact your insurance about your specific coverage for BMAC stem cell injections.
For more information on BMAC stem cell injections, or to see if you would be a candidate for Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate for your orthopedic condition, please contact the office of Nikhil Verma, MD, orthopedic specialist, serving Westchester, Oakbrook, Hinsdale and the surrounding Chicago, IL communities.