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Kessock Equine Vets offer Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. These biological products are regenerative medicines used as appropriate in the treatment of tendon, ligament and joint disease.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy uses cutting edge technology, founded on the pioneering work of Professor Roger Smith and his colleagues at the Royal Veterinary College. It is primarily used in tendon and ligament injuries and results in a better functional repair as well as reducing re-injury rate. Research has shown that it is the best way to treat injuries of the superficial digital flexor tendon.
The procedure involves bone marrow being aspirated from the sternum of the injured horse, and then in the laboratory, identification and expansion of mesenchymal stem cells. 10 million of these stem cells are then injected into the core lesion of the injured tendon or ligament, using ultrasound guidance.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP, is obtained after blood taken from the horse is put through a special centrifugation process. This is a quick process, and the product of centrifugation can be injected into the damaged tendon or ligament on the same day. The product has a high concentration of platelets which are activated by contact with damaged tissue, and act by releasing growth factors to stimulate the healing process and decrease inflammation. It is most commonly used in the treatment of suspensory ligament lesions.