Stem Cell Harvesting
This particular Blog will focus on the Stem Cell Harvesting (Collection) Portion of your Treatment Experience
At its foundation, iOBX was created to provide remarkable and proprietary Bio-Restorative Orthopedic Stem Cell Procedures from your own body within a concierge, patient-centered experience. What this means for you is having the confidence that you are getting a state-the-art treatment that maximizes healthy, high functioning stem cells harvested (collected) from your own body. This is in contrast to many areas clinics that offer non-living cells from a donor tissue (placental baby-fluid). To collect live, healthy stem cells from your own body, physicians at iOBx use specific harvesting protocols to collect stem cells from strategic areas of the body where stem cells are known to abundantly reside. Most often stem cells will be collected from your posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS) which is commonly thought of as the back of your hip or buttock area. Using advanced image guidance the area of entry is abundantly anesthetized (numbed) and a needle trochar is guided into the bone marrow. Using high pressure aspiration from multiple sites within the bone we are able to collect bone marrow containing “mega-doses” of mesenchymal stem cells. Collectively these integrated advanced harvesting techniques allow for collection of much higher quantities of healthy cells than physicians normally get with collection from bone marrow.
Inside our lab in our Charlotte, NC facility
Upon completion of the harvesting process these healthy, living cells are then taken and processed in our-site biologics lab using manual processing techniques to further optimize the final stem cell product.
Patient satisfaction for the harvesting process is high; frequently patients report the process of harvesting the cells was much smoother, less uncomfortable than they had anticipated. Because not all Stem Cell treatments are created equal it is important “do your homework” to ensure that you are getting a high-quality stem cell harvest (collection) as part of your overall Stem Cell treatment.