Veterinary Stem Cell/PRP Therapy
Over the last few decades, the body of evidence regarding how platelet rich plasma (PRP) – also known as stem cells – can be used to treat various conditions has grown exponentially. Today there are a number of proven applications for stem cell therapy for human and animal patients alike. The talented caring staff at Santaluz Animal Care serving the Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, Del Sur, San Diego and surrounding areas– understand this innovative treatment option and how it can benefit their San Diego area patients.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy utilizes the natural healing ability of the body to treat disease and injury. It involves the collection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the patient’s fatty tissues where stem cells are plentiful for isolation and reinjection into the areas with inflammation and injury.
Stem cells are able to treat the source of an issue by halting the progress of a disease and repairing damaged tissues. Studies have shown a nearly 95 percent success rate when treating animals for osteoarthritis with PRP therapy.
The procedure is considered safe and has fewer complications than other similar therapies. Animals are anesthetized for the minor surgery needed to collect the PRP rich fatty tissue. However, this procedure is simpler than spaying and often takes less than 20 minutes to complete. In fact, stem cell therapy treatments are generally outpatient procedures that require limited recovery time.
Conditions Treated with PRP Therapy by Dr. Laura Greenlee Johnson
Degenerative joint diseases, fractures, and tendon or ligament injuries are the most common conditions treated with stem cell therapy. This treatment method has also proven effective when used in conjunction with surgeries such as cruciate ligament repair as it speeds up healing and increases the flexibility and strength of repaired tissue.
In addition, there are several conditions for which stem cell therapy has shown positive therapeutic value. While the clinical study of the correlation between PRP therapy and these conditions is limited, it has demonstrated success and is therefore considered applicable. These conditions include – but are not limited to – feline gingivitis, degenerative myelopathy, liver diseases, chronic renal disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Speak to Dr. Laura Greenlee Johnson today!
To know if this innovative treatment option is appropriate for your furry friends. We can evaluate your pet’s condition and determine if stem cell therapy can benefit them.