Marrow Donation Hurts

False! Bone Marrow donation is done under general or regional anesthesia so the donor experiences no pain during the collection procedure. PBSC (Peripheral Blood Stem Cell) Donation is non-surgical and includes pre retrieval injections and blood retrieval through a needle. Discomfort and side effects vary from person to person and by procedure. Most marrow donors experience some side effects after donation. Common side effects of marrow donation include, but are not limited to:

  • Lower back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Stiffness when walking
  • Bleeding at the collection site