Some hip injuries or diseases can be treated with stem cell therapy using stem cells derived from bone marrow or umbilical cord blood. Stems cells act like a repair system for the body. But, as we age, at times the stem cells are not delivered to the injured area in optimum amounts. Stem cell therapy helps to enhance the repair system within a patient's body.
Stem cell hip injections using bone marrow
This procedure usually takes less than one hour and patients can return home on the same day. The doctor begins this procedure by extracting stem cells from your own bone marrow, usually aspirated from your hip region. The area is sterilized and numbed, and a needle is then inserted into the pelvic bone's iliac crest. Using a special syringe, the bone marrow is then aspirated and spun in a machine for 10 to 15 minutes. A concentrated stem cell sample is then separated.
The affected area to be treated is then cleaned and numbed your and, under the guidance of special x-rays or ultrasound, the stem cells are injected into the diseased region.