Stem Cell Harvesting

The body’s bone marrow is a plentiful reservoir of regenerative cells that have the potential to repair damaged tissue and help the body heal.

Stem Cell Harvesting

When it comes to stem cells, people have all kinds of questions about what they are, what they do, and how they can be beneficial to the body. However, the one question that is often asked more than any other is, “How are the cells harvested?” There are of course many concerns surrounding this topic, not to mention the ethical considerations that are often brought up when this topic is discussed. At the Elite Regenerative Stem Cell Institute in Johnstown, we want to answer any questions you have and address any concerns surrounding how stem cells are harvested, and hopefully this page will help.

Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells through Aspiration

The body’s bone marrow is a plentiful reservoir of regenerative cells that have the potential to repair damaged tissue and help the body heal. Because of this, stem cell therapy is reliant on gathering cells from the marrow, concentrating them, and then injecting them into the injured or affected site. The harvesting is done through a process called “bone marrow aspiration.”

The aspiration process is a relatively simple procedure, and takes only about five to ten minutes to complete. The pelvis is often the best choice for gathering cells, and using local anesthetic, the doctor will insert the aspiration needle into the bone marrow. A small volume of cells is withdrawn, and the doctor will often use imaging guidance (i.e. fluoroscopy) to ensure a clean draw. Once harvested, the cells are concentrated and injected, and their healing power can begin their work on the injured site.

We understand that you may have some hesitations about stem cell therapy, simply because you don’t completely understand where the cells come from, how they’re gathered, and how they’re used. If you’re suffering from orthopedic pain in your knee, hip, shoulder, or back, make an appointment with us today. We’ll walk you through the entire aspiration process and explain how regenerative medicine can benefit you.