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Regenerative Therapy

What is it?

Regenerative therapy has been used in human medicine as a safe and effective treatment in many injury conditions.  It has become a fast emerging subset of veterinary medicine in which the body’s own cells are used to heal and regenerate damaged tissue.

There are 2 types of cells that can be used for these regenerative purposes:

  1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – the patient’s own blood is processed in house to obtain a high concentrate of platelets. Platelets contain many beneficial growth factors that are key to repair and heal tissue.
  2. Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrated (BMAC) – The patient’s own bone marrow is collected and then used to regenerate injured tissue, decrease pain and inflammation, and modulate the disease process.

The Process:

  1. Collection of whole blood and/or bone marrow sample from the patient. The patient is sedated during PRP collection and under general anesthesia for bone marrow collection.
  2. Sample processing in house using the CRT (Companion Regenerative Therapies) Systemimage5
  3. Administration of the product via direct injection into the affected area.

Is Your Dog the Right Candidate?

Intra-articular injections of PRP and/or BMAC can be useful in many conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patients with residual post-operative intra-articular symptoms (discomfort, lameness, swelling) regardless of medical management and rehab.
  • Patients intolerant or non-responsive to NSAIDS

How do I start?

  • An initial musculoskeletal examination, including a stance analyzer measurement which will objectively track your dog’s weight bearing on all limbs
  • Radiographs of the joint(s)
  • General health examination is necessary to undergo sedation and/or anesthesia

Many considerations are taken into account in deciding if and which type of regenerative therapy is best for your dog. We take all information gathered and construct an individualized plan for you.