Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine
Lakeside Animal Hospital in Reno, Nevada is excited to be able to provide cutting edge, in-hospital, regenerative stem cell therapy to cats and dogs with joint or tendon disease, and osteoarthritis. This technique allows us to collect adipose (fat) from your own pet, concentrate it down to only the most beneficial regenerative stem cells, and place them into the affected joint or tendon, where they can then become new tissue to control pain and improve function all in one day. Dr. Bandelin and Dr. Moore are both certified to perform this healing technique.
What is Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine uses a concentrated form of a utologous (taken from one’s own body) adipose-derived adult stem cells to treat traumatic and degenerative diseases, including bowed tendons, ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, and osteochondral defects in horses and dogs, and cats.
Stem cells are multipotent and can differentiate into tendon, ligament, bone, cartilage, cardiac, nerve, muscle, blood vessels, fat, and liver tissue.The stromal fraction that is harvested from adipose (fat) tissue is a heterogeneous mixture of regenerative cells.
Stem cell technology delivers a functionally diverse cell population able to communicate with other cells in their local environment. Until recently, differentiation was thought to be the primary function of regenerative cells. However, the functions of regenerative cells are now known to be much more diverse and are implicated in a highly integrated and complex network. VSRC technology should be viewed as a complex, yet balanced, approach to a therapeutic goal. Unlike traditional medicine, in which one drug targets one receptor, Regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy, can be applied in a wide variety of traumatic and developmental diseases.
Why use adipose-derived regenerative cells rather than regenerative cells derived from bone marrow?
Adipose-derived regenerative cells are:
- Readily available source.
- Can be collected in far greater concentrations than those from bone marrow.
- Able to differentiate into multiple lineages implicating their potential in bone, cartilage, and cardiac repair.
So how does the procedure take place, and why is in hospital cell processing so important?
At Lakeside Animal Hospital our Vet-Stem certified doctors typically collect adipose (fat) from your pet’s abdomen. This is a sterile surgical procedure which requires a brief anesthetic. After cell collection, your pet’s adipose tissue is processed using Medi-Vet patented system and returned to reintroduction into your dog or cat the same day. Depending on your dog’s or cat’s condition, the cells may be given IV or injected directly into the diseased joint. As opposed to other methods of stem cell processing which required samples to be shipped over night to a processing lab, in house processing allows for far greater numbers of live stem cells to be returned to your pets body, no cells die during shipment. Also, we can implant the cells on the same visit, so you pet does not have to return and be hospitalized a second time. This allows for more time at home with your family.
Success In Human Clinical Trials & Animal Models
Despite its infancy, regenerative medicine is not new. Success in numerous animal models of disease and emerging success in human clinical trials for Crohn’s fistulas and stroke, along with hundreds of ongoing clinical trials support the rationale for stem cell use, and now success, in veterinary medicine. Vet-Stem collaborative and clinical research demonstrate positive results in treating horses with tendon and ligament injuries, osteochondral defects, and osteoarthritis.
For more information on stem cell technology, and to see a video of the collection and implantation process please visit their web site at www.medivet-america.com. If you are interested in stem cell therapy to improve your pet’s mobility please call our friendly staff to receive a brochure by mail, or schedule a consultation with our doctors.