What happens afterwards?
Once you have recovered from the anaesthetic, you will return to the ward for an overnight stay. You will probably have a drip to replace the fluid that was taken from your body during the harvesting procedure.
Later in the day, you will be able to start eating and drinking again. There is likely to be some soreness or discomfort from the puncture sites after the anaesthetic wears off. The ward staff will be able to give you appropriate painkilling medication.
Sometimes, the puncture sites may bleed a little after you have returned to the ward. If this happens, the nursing staff will clean the sites and replace dressings as necessary.
How long will I be in hospital?
If you are a donor, the day after the harvest your blood will be checked and provided you feel well enough, you will be able to go home. Very rarely, bone marrow donors feel unwell the day after the procedure and stay in hospital for a little longer.
If you are a patient, you might stay in hospital at this point and start further treatment leading up to an autologous transplant. Alternatively, we may simply want to store your bone marrow at this point, in which case you may be able to go home the day after the harvest.
The doctors and nurses caring for you will be able to provide you with the information and advice you need. Please let them know if you have any concerns.