Adipose stem cells are healing cells that can become other cell types, such as cartilage and bone. Within adipose (fat) tissue, there are many adult stem cells. Using stem cell therapy, we can isolate these cells, wake them up, and inject them into damaged areas. Over time, these cells work to replace damaged tissue.
Through the use of stem cell therapy, we are able to treat a number of conditions in dogs and cats, including:
Prior to the procedure, your pet will be placed under a general anesthetic. Once your pet is sedated, we will remove 2-4 tablespoons of fat through a surgical incision. A trained technician then carefully processes the specimen in our office. After the cells have been isolated and activated, they are ready to be injected into the affected areas. Stem cells are often injected into the joints of arthritic pets, but can also be injected intravenously or into other tissue.
In most cases, you can expect to see improvements beginning at three weeks and up to two months. Relief lasts anywhere from 1-3 years after initial treatment. As a safeguard, we always recommend banking your pet’s cells for future use.
Due to the use of anesthesia during the extraction of the fat, there is a slight risk involved. However, the tissue collection can usually be completed within 15 minutes, making the time under anesthesia minimal. Thousands of animals have been treated with stem cell therapy with no negative side effects observed.
Explore our stem cell video library below, featuring Dr. Russell and the Whitesburg Animal Hospital staff. See for yourself the life-altering effects stem cell therapy can have on your pet.