BIOLOGY – An Ongoing Series – Part 1
What Is Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found in the center of bones. Its main job is to make blood cells that circulate in your body, which include immune cells that recognize foreign invaders and fight infection. Bone marrow is unique in that it contains a rich supply of a broad range of stem cells. The cells found in concentrated bone marrow aspirate (BMA) have been shown to support repair or growth of bone, cartilage, muscle, marrow, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.
What Is Concentrated Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow is drawn (aspirated) using a procedure that is less invasive than an open bone graft. Bone marrow is commonly taken from the pelvis, but it may be taken from other sites as well. A sample of bone marrow is removed and then spun in a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate the stem cells, which creates concentrated bone marrow. The physician then delivers the concentrated bone marrow directly into the application site on your body.
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