What is the difference between PRP and BMAC
What is Regenerative Medicine and what are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections and Stem Cells Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMAC) Injections?
Regenerative Medicine in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine focuses on the cutting-edge technologies of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC). These technologies allow for the use of a person’s own blood and stem cells. Dr. Cagle is proud to offer expertise in both of these emerging options for regenerative healing and recovery.
What is the difference between PRP and BMAC?
PRP is a substance created by drawing a small amount of a person’s blood and then centrifuging the blood. This technique allows a concentrated collection of platelets. The concentration of platelets can be obtained at levels up to 8 times that found in the blood normally. This allows for the creation of a small, highly concentrated volume of fluid that can be utilized for regenerative purposes. BMAC is a biologic concentrate of a person’s own bone marrow. Bone marrow is densely populated with adult stem cells, and stem cells can be critical in processes such as tissue regeneration. By concentrating the bone marrow, a small volume of fluid can be directly placed for regenerative purposes.
How to choose between PRP and BMAC?
PRP and BMAC are cutting edge treatments, and thus, formal guidelines directing their use are still being developed. A conversation with a knowledgeable provider like Dr. Cagle is advised when considering the use of PRP/BMAC. This allows each person to understand what options they have. As data continues to emerge, leading surgeons like Dr. Cagle will continue leading the way towards helping patients recover more quickly.