Bone marrow aspiration may be done in the health care provider’s office or in a hospital. The bone marrow will be removed from your pelvic or breast bone. Occasionally, another bone is selected. The health care provider will clean the skin and apply a numbing medicine (local anesthesia) to the area and surface of the bone. Next, a special needle is inserted into the bone. The needle has a tube attached to it, which creates suction. A small sample of bone marrow fluid flows into the tube. The needle is removed. The bone marrow fluid is examined under a microscope. (source: MedLine, National Institutes of Health)
Autograft, tissue obtained from the patient’s own body, is a rich source of regenerative cells for bone formation. Regenerative medicine is the “process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”1. Collecting autograft can be a lengthy procedure with considerable risks. Alliance Spine utilizes a minimally invasive procedure that decreases patient discomfort and reduces operating room time. The procedure eliminates the need for autograft and provides the needed regenerative cells. The Cyclone System generates the maximum amount of cells quickly and efficiently.
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