Stem Cell Therapy & Platelet Rich Plasma
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells serve as an internal repair system in many tissues. They have the ability to divide and differentiate into many different cells. Adult stem cells (or multipotent cells) are collected from adipose tissue (fat). Adipose tissue has been shown to have 50-1000 times more stem cells than bone marrow.
What Do Stem Cells Treat?
Stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment for:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Joint Cartilage Damage
- Ligament Damage
- Tendon Damage
- Chronic Wounds
What is the Process?
To gather the stem cells, a small amount of adipose tissue must be harvested from the abdomen of the patient. For this reason, the patient must be placed under general anesthesia so that there is no pain involved. The procedure itself carries little risk, though the anesthesia itself always carries some risk for complication.
After the adipose tissue is harvested, it is processed in our in-house laboratory and then injected into the problem areas on the patient.
Any extra stem cells are banked at MediVet Laboratory for future use.
The entire procedure is done on an outpatient basis. Results should be noticeable after 4 weeks and can last up to a year or longer.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentrated platelet formulation capable of initiating tissue healing and possessing anti-inflammatory properties. A novel and effective treatment for chronic wounds or inflammatory conditions such as tendinitis, Platelet Rich Plasma can be used alone or in conjunction with stem cells for treatment of chronic inflammation.