Stem Cell Therapy

posted: by: Jill Farley, VMT Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Stem Cell Therapy

 We perform stem cell therapy here at Morehead Animal Hospital and are extremely pleased with the results our patients have had. We currently are the only animal hospital in North Carolina east of Greensboro offering this according to Medivet Biologics.

Stem cells simply explained are your animal’s own repair cell. They have the ability to develop into different types of cells in the body during early life and growth. They serve as a sort of self repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells. When a stem cell divides it has the potential to remain the same cell type or become part of a cell with a specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell. Given their unique regenerative abilities, stem cells offer new potentials for treating diseases. Examples of diseases and ailments that can be treated are arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint cartilage damage, ligament damage and tendon damage. Future treatments include IBD, renal failure, autoimmune disease, ocular disease, atopy, diabetes and degenerative myelopathy.

Adult stem cells are highly concentrated in the fat (adipose) tissue. There are 50 to 1,000 times more stem cells in the fat than the bone marrow. The procedure to extract fat from the patient is much quicker and less invasive than a spay and your pet’s therapy can be completed in the same day. After the procedure you are able to take your beloved pet home. In addition, the stem cells are so plentiful (in counts of millions) that the excess can be banked to be used in the future!

In a recent study, 155 canines suffering from moderate to severe osteoarthritis had stem cell therapy. Four independent veterinarians oversaw the study and results. At the end of 90 days, 99% of the canines showed improvements in at least one of three catagories: pain, range of motion, and lameness.

The video link below gives a good explanation. You will need to copy and paste in your browser.

Meet Maggie, our first stem cell patient!

Before we met Maggie, she had a previous knee surgery that was not successful. Adding to a painful knee from ruptured cruciate ligament AND medial patellar luxation (popping kneecap) she also has bilateral hip dysplasia. She is a much beloved family member and a wonderful patient. Her normal sweet temperament was affected by her pain and we have some videos of her the day of her stem cell procedure. One is of her in the morning and then the others are after the procedure

Before procedure 4/3/18:

2 hours afterwards 4/3/18:

Her owner picking her up 4/3/18:

Maggie 16 days later:

Maggie 13 weeks post stem cell:

Maggie 6 month post stem cell:

Please stay tuned for Maggie's continued improvement!