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I will be undergoing a Regenexx Same-Day Stem Cell Procedure in Las Vegas tomorrow to treat both my left knee OA and mild degenerative bulging of the L3-L4 and the L4-L5 discs in my lumbar spine. Here's how Regenexx describes the treatment (please note I skipped the first day's prolotherapy):
I will let you know tomorrow afternoon how I feel.The second day of the treatment is the stem cell injection. You will first be prepared for the bone marrow aspiration which entails taking bone marrow from the back of each of your hips (iliac crest). The bone marrow aspiration process is often described by patients as being only mildly uncomfortable and well-tolerated. You will lie on your stomach on the procedure table and an area at the back of your hip will be numbed. A special needle will be used to draw marrow blood out of this area. X-ray or ultrasound will be used to ensure the optimum location. This will be done on both sides of your hips.
A few hours later you will receive your stem cell injections. The doctor will reinject your stem cells and natural growth factors from your blood platelets using advanced imaging guidance into the area in need of repair (real-time fluoroscopy or musculoskeletal ultrasound, using your MRI as a map for the injection). This allows the doctor to pinpoint the exact location of the injection, as well as the dispersion of the cells into the tissue.