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What is MediVet Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are asleep. MediVet's stem cell therapy allows your veterinarian to isolate stem cells from an animal's own fat tissue, wake them up, and re-introduce the healing cells into the areas of need.
What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells treat the source of the problem by offering the ability to become new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as NSAIDS, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal's own stem cells. It offers an all-natural alternative to drugs and steroids. In a recent randomized sampling of 155 canines suffering from osteoarthritis > 95% showed improvements as reported by the treating veterinarians.
How long has this procedure been available?
Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004. MediVet was the pioneer in offering to the veterinarian industry same day, on-site treaments and has to date completed over 10,000 treatments globally.
Why ask for MediVet Stem Cell therapy?
For pet owners, there are two main advantages to MediVet. First, the processing is all done in your veterinarian's office. This eliminates variability in outside shipping of the sample as well as offers a fresh-is-best approach to isolating, activating and re-administering your pet's living cells back to the areas of need. The MediVet process has been independently validated in a blinded university medical setting.
What is Activation, and why is it important?
MediVet has a patented technology in which your pet's stem cells will be activated with Platelet Rich Plasma (from a blood sample) and photobiostimulation (light). This dual activation process provides an increase in metabolic rate thus giving the cells the highest potential to survive once placed in the environment (your pet) and potential repair.
Is it safe?
Yes! This procedure is very safe. On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your veterinarian. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained MediVet representative (or by a lab technician carefully trained by a MediVet representative). In the thousands of animals treated, MediVet have not observed any negative side effects from MediVet's stem cell therapy.
What happens to my pet when he comes in for stem cell therapy?
First, your veterinarian will put your pet under general anesthesia. Then, he/she will make a small incisionand collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either from the belly or behind the shoulder blades). Then a trained technician will process the sample in the clinic, using MediVet equipment. The sample is activated then introduced to the patient. The patient may go home the same day.
What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?
We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so that your pet doesn't injure himself until he builds up some of their muscles. We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.
What conditions can be treated?
A typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration, and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. If your pet is suffering from atopic dermatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc., your veterinarian will consult a team in order to consider stem cell therapy as a treatment option.
How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?
We typically see about 1-4 years of relief after the initial treatment. Most pet owners choose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy. MediVet has a banking facility in Kentucky. If symptoms return, your veterinarian merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and re-introduces the cells. No surgery is necessary.
Are there any animals that should not be treated with stem cells?
It is MediVet's policy to bring its customers the latest data and provide recommendations for the safety of all patients.. Currently, MediVet recommends that no animals with malignant cancer be treated with stem cells.
What current universities are MediVet parnering with?
MediVet currently has partnersships with the following unviversities: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Veterinary College, Kansas State University Veterinary College, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine among other international university institutions.
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a blood plasma that contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. PRP is a non-surgical and advanced means of providing high doses of the body's own healing factors directly to the area where they are needed.
How does it work?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is a trending topic in human sports orthopedic medicine. Used for sports injuries in many wear and tear issues. MediVet's Platelet-Rich Plasma Kit, or PRP, is a breakthrough product for pets utilizing blood plasma with concentrated platelets, that once are activated, accelerate the healing properties of the isolated growth factors at a fraction of the cost of traditional human treatments.
Platelets that are found in whole blood contain many healing growth factors and bioactive proteins. These bioactive proteins can initiate tissue healing, and assist with inflammation. The treatment offers an affordable all-natural alternative to drugs and steroids.
How does PRP benefit your pet?
MediVet's PRP Kit can be introduced topically in or around an injured joint, tendon, or used in its gel form to treat large burns or wounds. MediVet's PRP Kit is not limited to acute injuries; it can also be used for chronic conditions:
- Complimentary to your pet's next surgery
- Wound care
- General inflammation
- Post-surgical healing
My Perspective on Adipose Stem Cell and PRP Therapies
Okay, truth be told: I went to a lecture on stem cell and PRP therapies because I needed CE credits. But I came away amazed at the applications for regenerative medicine! According to Wikipedia, "regenerative medicine is a branch of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the 'process of replacing, engineering or regenerating cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function.'" Simply put, stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapies are cutting-edge, modern medicine and magic. These therapies are proven to alleviate pain and improve range of motion in our arthritic pets. I have seen the videos of pets treated with stem cells and their remarkable recoveries. I have seen radiographs of arthritic joints before stem cell treatment and I have been amazed at how much improvement there is in the joint radiographically after stem cell treatment.
But more importantly, I have witnessed what stem cell therapy has done for my own pet, Bess. Climbing stairs had become a chore for Bess. She often required my help. After being treated with Bess' own stem cells, derived from her fat cells, climbing stairs, hopping into the car are no longer a challenge for her. Plus the sparkle is back in her eyes!
Stem cells and PRP therapies can be used for so much more than pain management! Studies are currently in process for treating liver and kidney failure, allergies, auto immune disease, inflammatory bowel disease. As more research is conducted by veterinary colleges, such as Purdue University and Kansas State University, the list of diseases and conditions that can be treated with stem cells and PRP is potentially endless!
Questions?.... Then what are you waiting for? Let's do everything we can to help the pets that we love!