Through a lucky set of circumstances I was fortunate to become involved in stem cell therapy almost 10 years ago. My first experience was with two Thoroughbred yearlings that had severe bone disease that had not responded to conventional therapy. Both of these yearlings did remarkably well and went on to race successfully. To say the least that stimulated my interest in this new technology and soon I was treating a number of horses, most of which had a successful outcome. One was even a euthanasia case but thanks to the science of stem cell therapy is still alive today.
With this kind of success it wasn’t long until I received request from a pet owner to consider treating her dogs with stem cells. My very first case, a Sheltie with severe front leg arthritis responded beautifully as did a number of subsequent cases. Shortly thereafter I treated a grand old Giant Schnauzer with severe back and hip arthritis. Now we routinely use stem cell therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal disease.
Also during the last 10 years there have been remarkable improvements in the science and today we have a menu of regenerative medicine treatment options including Platelet Rich Plasma, Autologous Conditioned Serum and cryopreservation. In addition, our technique has greatly improved. Early on we developed a method to collect fat (the best source of stem cells) through minimally invasive lipoaspiration. Also we perfected a simple surgical procedure to collect intra-abdominal fat which insures us a reliable source of fat in even the thinnest patients.
Over the years we have expanded the list of maladies and conditions that we can treat with stem cells and along the way determined which conditions are not likely to respond. This has resulted in much more confidence in Regenerative Medicine but also has improved our prognostic ability.
I am excited about the future of Regenerative Medicine and I know we will continue to make substantial advancements as the years go by. I look forward to continued success in our goal of improving animals lives.