Dr. Jason Attaman is pleased to offer the most advanced regenerative injection therapies (RIT) such as Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) stem cell treatment in his Bellevue and Seattle, WA offices.
Dr. Attaman is pleased to offer Regenexx SD, the most advanced regenerative injection therapy in the Seattle area. We are the only clinic in Washington state licensed to use the Regenexx SD process. Please visit our sister site, OrthoRegenerative.com, to learn more about treatment options.
What Is Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) Stem Cell Therapy?
The purpose of BMC stem cell treatment is to help heal damaged tissues and joints instead of to suppress symptoms or deaden painful nerves. There are several advantages to BMC stem cell treatment, including:
- It is a holistic approach to pain relief. Tissues are healed and regenerated. BMC therapy is not a “temporary fix.”
- It is minimally invasive. No scalpels are used. Everything is done with needles and ultrasound or x-ray machines. All BMC procedures are done on an outpatient basis, without a hospital stay.
- It employs only natural substances, such as your very own bone marrow.
- It may be a viable alternative to joint replacement surgery and other surgeries. It is ideal for young patients with damaged joints who are deemed too young for joint replacement. It is also ideal for patients who are not candidates for surgery but who have failed all other non-surgical treatments
Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) stem cell treatment is at the cutting edge of RIT and one of the most advanced therapies available to speed healing of damaged tissues. You can learn about it below:
What are Bone Marrow Concentrate Stem Cells?
It is well established that a significant population of our bodies’ stem cells are contained within our bone marrow. By harvesting blood and tissue from the bone marrow space of the hip, an injectable product can be produced by concentrating cells withdrawn through a simple outpatient needle aspiration procedure, done with local anesthetic and light sedation. BMC stem cell treatment contains all of the growth and healing factors, along with concentrated “pluripotent” or stem-like cells, which further contribute to the regenerative process.
What conditions can be treated with BMC?
- Intervertebral Disc Injuries (degenerative disc disease)
- Facet Joint Arthritis (spondylosis)
- Sacroiliac Joint Arthritis (sacroilitis)
- Tendon Injuries (Patellar Tendonitis, Quad Tendon)
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament sprains or tears (MCL, LCL)
- Muscle pain or injury
- Pyriformis syndrome
- Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
- Tendon Injuries
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Hamstring tendonitis or tears
- Rotator Cuff tendonitis, tendonopathy or partial tears
- Bicipital tendonitis
- Medial and Lateral epicondylitis (golfers & tennis elbow)
- Ulnar Collateral Ligament sprain or tear
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Ankle sprains/ligament injury
- Achilles tendonitis or partial tears
Following a formal evaluation and diagnostic workup, an individualized treatment plan will be discussed with you. A full explanation of the procedure including risks and benefits will be reviewed. Once written consent is obtained, bone marrow aspiration is performed in your hip region. The bone marrow is placed in a special processing device, which concentrates the bone marrow stem cells. The including stem cells are then concentrated and collected into a sterile syringe:
The skin and soft tissue is anesthetized with local anesthetic, followed by injection of both the BMC stem cells and activator into the tisue targeted for treatment. Depending on the size of the injured tissue, one or several needles are inserted to optimize placement of the product. All injections are performed using “image guidance” via ultrasound or x-ray fluoroscopy for safety and accuracy. Watch the below video to see what you will experience.
Depending on the severity and duration of your injury, one to three injections are suggested. Following the initial treatment with BMC stem cells, a follow up visit occurs 3-4 weeks later. At this visit an evaluation of your response to the initial therapy is performed and a decision is made regarding the need for additional BMC stem cell treatments. In general, chronic injuries often require 1-2 injections. In both acute and chronic injuries, injections may be combined with an exercise or physical therapy program to enhance the success of the treatment.
Are BMC stem cell injections safe?
Research and clinical data show that BMC stem cell injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because the injectable products are produced from your own body, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. There is a small risk of infection from any injection into the body, but this is rare.
What to expect after your BMC stem cell treatment:
Often, following the initial injection, an “achy” soreness is felt at the site of injury. This “soreness” is a positive sign that a healing response has been set in motion. This effect can last for several days and gradually decreases as healing and tissue repair occurs. It is important that anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Aspirin be avoided following BMC stem cell treatments. These medicines may block the effects of the intended healing response facilitated by the injection itself. It is acceptable to use over the counter pain medication, such as Tylenol and in some cases a prescribed analgesic, which does not have anti-inflammatory properties, to control discomfort as needed. Pain management options will be discussed with you by the physician managing your treatment plan. You will be permitted to resume normal day to day activities and light exercise following injection. We suggest that you avoid strenuous lifting or high level exercise for at least several days after injection.
How do I find out if BMC stem cell treatment is right for me?
Feel free to contact me, Dr. Jason Attaman, to discuss treatment options and whether a formal evaluation is warranted. My offices are in Seattle and Bellevue, WA.