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How long does it take a person to regenerate their own bone

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How long does it take a person to regenerate their own bone marrow after they participate in a bone marrow donor program? What is the name of the disease, where a person's body, stops making its own bone marrow? How successful is a bone marrow transplant for the recipient? What negative affects are there for the bone marrow donor apart from some hip pain?   Thank you.
It does not take very much time for you to regenerate bone marrow, especially because they are only taking a small amount from you.

The bone marrow donor program will take samples of your bone marrow, but remember that you have bone marrow in most of your major bones, including the hips, bones in the legs, arms, and spine. So there is plenty of bone marrow in the body.

The disease called aplastic anemia is where the bone marrow starts to fail to produce blood cells:

Bone marrow transplant success rely on so many different factors that it is impossible to easily say how "success"ful it can be.

And besides the pain, the risks include infection, injury to major blood vessels or nerves in the hip area, and damage to the bone. These risks are relatively rare, and the majority of time, it is only hip pain, which improves over a couple of weeks.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
How many days/weeks/months does it take to regenerate?
These blood cells regenerate relatively quickly, and there is always a constant production of these cells, so within days or so (of course, it's impossible to give anything more specific than that).
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you very much, Dr. Mark. One more question, the donor is my 67 year old mother, who is in very good health. Would there be any more increased risks because of her age?
Not really, as long as she is healthy.

Of course, if she has to have general anesthesia, or IV sedation for the actual bone marrow procedure, there are separate risks with that - but not for the actual procedure itself.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Thank you very much. Have a great day!



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