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Green Tree Animal Hospital offers a wide range of veterinary services in the following areas:
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine, simply put, is the process of creating new healthy tissue to replace or repair damaged tissue. This is done as the damaged organs and tissues are stimulated to heal themselves through treatments such as PRP, ACS, ADSC, and stem cell therapy. Thus regenerative medicine can greatly improve quality of life in supporting and activating an animal’s own natural healing processes.
Regenerative Medicine is the most exciting innovation in veterinary medicine in many years. By harnessing the body’s own mechanisms for healing itself, Regenerative Medicine has opened the door to numerous options for the treatment of devastating injuries and debilitating diseases such as bone fractures, arthritis, and tendon and ligament injuries.
The potential of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma, as well as other regenerative therapies, are practically unlimited. As the science advances, many stimulating new applications are being unleashed. Regenerative Medicine is the future.
Green Tree Animal Hospital offers Platelet Rich Plasma, Autologous Conditioned Serum, and Adipose Derived Stem Cells.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is, as the name infers, a concentrated solution of the animal’s own platelets that is used to treat a number of conditions. In our process, blood is aseptically collected and by a two-step centrifugation process, and the platelets are concentrated in the final solution. The platelets are then activated by a chemical process and by LED light stimulation, which releases the potent chemicals from within the platelets. PRP is often used to treat osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, ligament and tendon injuries, and wounds.
Adipose Derived Stem Cells (ADSC)
Adipose (fat) tissue contains a remarkable number of stem cells which can be used to accelerate healing in many different tissues. We use the process of liposuction to harvest stem cells from fat that only takes a few hours to complete. These stem cells are then diluted in PRP to activate the healing cells. The cells are further activated by the use of specific stimulatory lights. At that point the cells can be injected directly into the lesion or intravenously injected.
The day of the procedure, the veterinarian will anesthetize your pet and will surgically remove a couple tablespoons of fat. The most common sites for collecting fat is from just over the shoulder, side of the chest or from the groin area on dogs, and on either side of the tail on a horse. This is a quick and simple procedure that is noninvasive. They will then process the fat to remove the stem cells. Processing generally takes a couple of hours. After the stem cells have been collected, your pet will generally be sedated and the stem cells will be administered into the affected joints and/or into the bloodstream. It is important that you do not feed your pet the night before the procedure.
When will I see results?
We expect you to see results! While we know every animal is different and there are no guarantees, however we have seen positive clinical improvement in 95% of the arthritic cases performed nationwide. Some owners have even reported seeing a difference in as little as a week! While quick results are possible, we expect you to begin seeing improvement within the first 90 days following treatment. Degenerate or chronic arthritis may require multiple injections, so banking your extra cells is always a good idea.