Stem Cells – The power of regenerative medicine

Stem Cells are just one of the proven regenerative medicine therapies that are now available at an affordable price.

 

Stem cells are non-specific cells that under certain conditions can become a specific type of cell / tissue or organ. The body has this amazing internal repair system whereby stem cells replace dead cells and tissue, examples of such cells are: bone marrow cells, liver cells and gastro-intestinal cells.

 

Other types of cells require specialized laboratory conditions and medical techniques to be able to assist in areas where we would like the rejuvenation of cells or create a better benefit for a patient.

 

Many conditions can benefit from stem cell therapy but certainly the most recognized in the veterinary field is the extremely painful and debilitating condition Osteoarthritis.

 

Osteoarthritis is a progressive degenerative disease of the joints where the cartilage in the joints is worn down. Bone on bone compression, joint inflammation, tendonitis or osteophytes (bone protrusions) make it excruciatingly painful to move!

 

Stem cells which are derived from visceral fat cells (adipose mesenchymal cells) are concentrated, purified and quantified in a laboratory to obtain high concentration of cells which will be chondrogenic differentiation cells (cartilage).

 

These stem cells will then be injected into the affected area such as an elbow, knee, hip joint or even tendons under a general anaesthesia in sterile surgical environment.

 

No special care is required apart from rest and supportive measures in the first few days after Stem Cell Therapy.

 

In some pets the effects can be seen within a few days, others will require a few weeks or even few months before changes are seen. For some patients the effect will be dramatic, for others the improvement maybe minimal. It is unfortunately not possible to predict to what degree a patient is going to respond to the stem cell treatment.

 

The decision to use stem cell therapy is complicated as it is based on multiple factors. It is necessary for potential Stem Cell candidates to be thoroughly screened; X-rays, general health score, CT images or arthroscopy is suggested before decisions can be made. Their age, breed, general health and even environmental surroundings will also be taken in to consideration.

 

If you feel your dog would benefit from a better quality of life less painful joints will bring, please send an email to: stemcells@valleyfarmvet.co.za

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