How do I Incorporate Regenerative Medicine Into My Practice? [Podcast]
This interview overviews how to incorporate platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy into your practice for the treatment of various orthopedic conditions in dogs. Adipose and bone marrow collection, PRP collection, processing, and injection techniques will be described. Indications for use including osteoarthritis, tendon, and ligament injuries will be discussed.
- Attendees will learn the most common indications for PRP and stem cells
- Attendees will learn important PRP and stem cell treatment injection protocols
- Attendees will learn how to incorporate regenerative medicine into their practice
- Must have a definitive diagnosis and treat the underlying condition to get the best response
- Validated system for canine use
- Crucial to ensure that the cells/product get to the target location
- What you do following the injection is just as important as the injection itself
- With current technology it is possible to easily incorporate regenerative medicine into your practice
Q: Is it possible to use the same centrifuge our clinic has in our lab for chemistry profiles to process platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
A: No - these centrifuges are specifically designed for PRP processing.
Q: Is it okay to have nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) being administered at the time of PRP injection?
A: No - NSAIDs affect platelet function and should not be administered one week prior and for two weeks following the injection.
Q: If a dog has severe degenerative changes in a joint and I want to perform a regenerative medicine injection for treatment, is it okay to inject the product near the joint if I can’t get the needle in the joint?
A: No - it is crucial that the product be injected directly into the joint to have a positive effect.
Q: What are the potential side effects that can occur following a PRP injection?
A: 25% of cases you can see a temporary flare.
Q: What are the most common indications for PRP injections?
A: Osteoarthritis, mild tendon injuries, and mild ligament injuries.
Q: What works best: adipose-derived or bone marrow derived stem cells?
A: They both work well; there are advantages and disadvantages to each.
Q: Can you give stem cells alone for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA)?
A: No - stem cells should always be mixed with PRP.
Q: Can stem cells really regenerate injured tissues?
A: It has the ability to heal injured soft tissues, but will not regenerate the joint for OA.
Q: What are the most common indications for stem cell injections?
A: Soft tissue injuries such as tendon and ligaments, and OA.
Q: Do we need to send adipose tissue or bone marrow to a lab for processing?
A: No - there are current validated technologies that are available that allow for processing to occur in your own clinic.
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