There are many different health conditions that can have an impact on different parts of the body. Identifying the key systems in the body to look for signs of a disease is an important step in developing a complete diagnosis as well as a treatment plan.
The marrow of the bones is the spongy, cell-like tissue that is found in the interior of bones. Unlike the hard outside, the tissue in the marrow is the center of the production of red blood cells, white blood cells, and the blood platelets. It is also a prime location for stem cells. There are two different types of stem cells present, stromal cells and stem cells to produce red blood cells.
Testing Bone Marrow
Often when blood counts are outside of the normal range, or for the testing of specific diseases, patients in Houston may be asked to complete a bone marrow aspiration procedure. In addition, when patients are undergoing stem cell treatment, ACE Pain Management can complete the bone marrow harvesting using the same procedure.
This is an office procedure with the use of local anesthesia to numb the area for the injection. A very small incision is made over the bone to be tested, which is most often the hip bone for a bone marrow aspiration. A specialized needle is then inserted through the skin and into the bone, and a small amount of the fluid in the marrow is withdrawn.
After harvest the stem cells using the bone marrow aspiration, Houston patients then receive an injection of their own harvested stem cells to aid in building healthy cells throughout the body.
To learn more about this amazing process, call us today at 832-532-0050 to discuss your options.