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Bone Marrow Harvesting


Bone marrow harvesting is a procedure to remove bone marrow from your bones to be used for transplantation. Bone marrow is usually taken from the hip or sternum (breastbone). Your bone marrow may be put back inside of you, or donated to someone else.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease severe pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or hematologist as directed:

You may need to return to have your wounds checked and blood tests done. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


You may need to take vitamins with folic acid and iron. These vitamins help your body make red blood cells. Ask for more information and if you should take vitamins.


You may not be able to go to work for a few days after your bone marrow is harvested. Ask when you can return to work and your other normal daily activities.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or hematologist if:

  • You have a fever, chills, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have nausea or vomiting.
  • Your skin near your procedure site is itchy, red, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have pain that does not go away, even with pain medicine.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have pain or swelling in your legs or have trouble walking.
  • You have a sudden cold sweat, chest pain, or trouble breathing.
  • You have weakness in an arm or leg.
  • You become confused, or have difficulty speaking.
  • You have dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.