Heartland Animal Hospital

1200 Lyndale Ave N
Faribault, MN 55021



STEM Cell Therapy: Rosie's Case

Rosie is a 2-year-old Corgi that came to see us as a second opinion for orthopedic problems.  She had several surgeries and arthroscopy done by a boarded surgeon, but had continued to have poor use of her shoulder.  The doctors there felt there was nothing left that would benefit her and may have to be on pain medications daily for the rest of her life.  Then Rosie began limping on a back leg too, and came to Heartland Animal Hospital for an evaluation.  Rosie has moderate arthritis and instability in her front shoulder, but now also has a small partial tear of her ACL in her knee.  Radiographs were taken and a full exam done.  Due to the severity of multiple joint problems, options were discussed with Rosie being a good candidate for STEM cell therapy. 

Rosie underwent the STEM cell harvesting procedure 3 weeks later where a small amount of fat is taken from the tummy. Vet-Stem sorted 13 million STEM cells, of which 9 million were used and 5 million are banked and stored. 2 days later Rosie's own concentrated STEM cells were injected into her shoulder and her knee, as well as an IV.  She was sent home that day with only one stitch and a few shaved spots.  Instructions were to rest for a few weeks. 

Rosie's Mom called the next week to say she was off all her pain medications for the first time in 9 months and was already moving better than she was before her procedure.  At her 30 days check-up she is still off all medications with our assessment that she was moving 50% better.  She tolerates the shoulder stretching exercises when she previously resisted and cried.  We recently completed The 90 day check-up and I am happy to report that Rosie is nearly 90% of normal using her front leg.  She is running, playing and has returned to full activity of her choice without lameness.  We are looking forward to following her progress over the next year.

This new novel therapy is still experimental but has its place in cases like Rosie.  The first three months after STEM cell therapy tends to be the biggest gains, but some improvement will be seen after that up to a year.  At one year a second STEM cell transplant can be done for minimal fees from the original stored harvest.  The future science will help us sort out all the benefits and indications for STEM cell treatments.  STEM cell transplants offer the advantage of being the animal?s own tissue, so there is no chance for rejection.  For now it is indicated in refractory cases of osteoarthritis, liver disease and kidney disease of both dogs and cats.  More applications are being studied with clinical trials going on in people as well as pets.  Ask us if your pet is a candidate for STEM cell therapy!  See:  http://www.vet-stem.com/