The Veterinary Specialty Center has begun adult stem cell/non-embryonic (ASC) therapy through our surgery service.
Several orthopedic conditions, specifically arthritis, are highly treatable with adult stem cells (ASC), which are found in bone marrow, fat, skin, liver, blood vessels, and neurons. Because ASC are capable of dividing into many different cell types, they have the potential to be used to treat joint injuries, ligament and tendon damage, and aid in the healing of fractured bones.
Arthritis affects a large percentage of our canine patients, both old and young, and is becoming a much more recognized problem in our feline patients. Many of these dogs and cats are on daily medication or medications to keep them comfortable and mobile, but we know that long-term use of some medications can have a negative effect on other body organs. The ASC can help reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis and other orthopedic ailments by supporting the damaged articular cartilage. This reduces or eliminates the pain associated with the disease and improves joint function and patient mobility. So, for any dog or cat whose daily activity is limited by arthritis and whose quality of life has been diminished, ASC therapy can be a life-changing treatment.
The process begins when blood is collected from the patient and is processed to generate platelet rich plasma (PRP). The patient is then placed under general anesthesia and a small incision is made behind the shoulder or along the abdomen to collect the fat. The patient is allowed to wake up. After ASC is harvested from the fat (which may take several hours), the patient is sedated and the ASC and PRP are given. Some of the ASC can be set aside, frozen and stored for years, so that if the patient were to develop other problems or need a second treatment there would be no need to collect more fat.
Referred patients can start the evaluation and treatment process with our VSCD surgical team by calling our office to book a standard consult appointment with a surgeon.