West Hills Animal Hospital and Emergency Center is now offering Stem Cell Therapy!
Stem Cell Therapy is a part of the growing field of regenerative medicine, in which medical therapy aids in the repair, replacement or restoration of damaged and diseased tissues. While much controversy has erupted regarding the use of embryonic stem cells in people, stem cell therapy available to our veterinary patients is not met with the same ethical considerations, as the cells are derived from the same patient in whom we are treating.
Stem cells are unique in that they are considered multipotent, meaning once injected they have the ability to differentiate and develop into various types of tissue depending on their environment and be used to treat a variety of conditions. Using a concentrated sample of the pet’s own stem cell cells (autologous) derived from their own fatty tissue, these stem cells can help treat degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, cartilage defects and ligament or tendon injuries. These cells have been shown to not only help in the repair and regeneration of new tissue, but also provide a role in promoting anti-inflammatory pathways. While stem cell therapy is not indicated for every patient, published research in the human and veterinary literature suggest promising results.
If you have questions about the use of stem cells, or believe your pet may benefit from this treatment ask your veterinarian for more information or referral to our surgeon Dr. Marc Hirshenson, DVM, DACVS-SA by calling 631-351-6116.