Would you believe that the marrow inside your bones produces all of the blood cells in your body? As one of the top interventional pain medicine specialists in the country practicing for more than 20 years, James Robles, MD, offers bone marrow aspiration to evaluate the content of your bone marrow and diagnose certain diseases or obtain regenerative stem cells for treatment at New Pain Solutions in Weslaco, Texas. To find out more about bone marrow aspiration and its purposes, call or book an appointment online.
The cells in your bone marrow have the unique ability to produce every type of cell in your blood, including white blood cells to fight infections, red blood cells to deliver nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, and platelets that aid in healing.
The cells in your bone marrow that produce blood cells are called stem cells, and they have the power to regenerate many different types of tissue throughout your body.*
A bone marrow aspiration is a procedure to obtain a sample of liquid bone marrow from a bone with a significant amount, like your hip bone. Dr. Robles can evaluate the bone marrow to make sure it performs its function effectively. He can also obtain stem cells from your bone marrow to use in your treatment.
Dr. Robles uses bone marrow aspiration for several purposes at New Pain Solutions. He might recommend the procedure to diagnose or evaluate the progression of:
Dr. Robles might also use the procedure to harvest stem cells for treatment. Since stem cells can diversify into many types of cells, they can replace injured tissues all over your body. Dr. Robles often uses stem cell therapy to regenerate cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis.
Stem cell therapy is also an effective treatment for painful musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries, such as tendon degeneration. This treatment may help you avoid surgery and reduce or eliminate the need for narcotic pain medications. Most patients experience pain relief immediately after their first treatment, but the full regenerative process may take up to 12 weeks.
When you arrive at New Pain Solutions for a bone marrow aspiration procedure, Dr. Robles checks your temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. He then provides you with one or more intravenous (IV) medications to sedate you and prevent pain.
Dr. Robles accesses your bone marrow in either your hip or your sternum. He uses a hollow needle to go through your skin and into the bone to access the bone marrow within. He uses a syringe to draw out the bone marrow aspirate (BMA).
BMA is a fluid concentrate that Dr. Robles harvests from your bone marrow. While you’re under anesthesia or gentle sedation, he extracts millions of stem cells from your bone marrow. If you choose to undergo stem cell therapy, Dr. Robles injects the stem cells from your bone marrow into the site of pain or injury.
To find out if bone marrow aspiration is a necessary part of your care plan, call New Pain Solutions, or book an appointment online today.
*Not implying any regeneration of cartilage or ligaments.