My dog has arthritis but has also just been diagnose with elbow displasia.
I have been offered a treatment using stem cells.
I was wondering if anyone here has experienced that treatment and how, if at all, did it help with arthritis?
No. She hasn’t had a CT.
The specialist says the X-ray showed elbow displasia and the arthroscopy will confirm the reason for it and guide the treatment.
Currently waiting for the authorisation from the insurance which seems to take ages.
That’s the trouble with all these treatments there are no guarantees but your specialist sounds like he knows what he’s doing. Has your dog had a CT?
I have a lab with severe elbow OA. We saw the vet last night and she mentioned stem cell treatment however as Hannah says it’s only done in a few places and I understand that they remove fat cells from another part of the body to inject back into the joint so it’s a bigger procedure than a joint injection or PRP. We are going to try PRP for my boy but he is very bad and we are getting low on options. He had Arthramid injected but had no response to that.
Hi. Thank you for your answers.
Shea has had laser therapy for the past year nearly but her elbow has gone worse in the past few month. She also sees a McTimoney practitioner which seems to help with her back pain which she had as she is shifting the weight to one side.
My ‘GP’ vet only believes in painkiller. Nothing more. So I got her to refer me to rehab vet who does the laser and recently to a specialist vet. He worked at Fitzpatrick referral and has now open his own clinic. He is currently doing a study on stem cell surgery and Shea may be included in it.
He said he will do x-ray (the original x-ray were of poor quality) and arthroscopy. He did mentioned the possibility of finding a fragment which then mean he will surgically deal with this during the arthroscopy. But he doesn’t think that will be the case based on his initial examination. If the arthroscopy confirms she is a good candidate for stem cells then he will harvest the fatty tissue needed and send them to a lab to grow the stem cell.
My initial feeling is that, although there are no guarantee, the risk are minimal. So I want to go ahead with it. Also everyone I ask says the specialist vet has an excellent reputation so I feel I can trust his judgment.
I suppose only time will tell if it is really effective.
Hi Hannah, I’m not sure if you’re asking me or the OP. Gillie has myotherapy massage and physio and I’m just waiting to hear from my vet whether she thinks acupuncture might be worth a try.