Regeneration Medicine  

Platelet Rich Plasma

As part of our ongoing effort to stay at the forefront of veterinary medicine we are delighted to now be able to offer another treatment option in the fight against debilitating conditions such as osteoarthritis in dogs.

Platelets are cells naturally found in blood and are an essential part or the body’s blood clotting and wound healing process’. They are packed full of substances called growth factors that accelerate wound healing and promote tissue regeneration. In addition, platelets also have the ability to reduce degradation of the collagen fibres in tissues and promote long term pain relief.

It is little wonder, given their remarkable properties, that there has been a great deal of interest in the use of platelets to promote healing in damaged tissues, particularly those that have a poor blood supply (such as tendons, ligaments and joint cartilage).

The reason why platelets have not had a more widespread role in treating conditions such as arthritis is that, until more recently, it has been both problematic and expensive to filter them from the blood in a form that would allow us to place them into other tissues which would benefit from them.

The solution to that problem is now here! At Oakhill Veterinary Group in Windermere we are now able to take a blood sample from your dog and using a specialist platelet filtration system, harvest a concentrate of platelets, which we call Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). We can then administer the PRP by injection back into your dog at the site of tissue damage or degeneration. The whole procedure is typically done under sedation, meaning your dog can be admitted to the practice in the morning and go home the same afternoon.

What kind of conditions might benefit from this type of regenerative medicine?

  • Primarily OSTEOARTHRITIS has been the main focus for the use of Platelet Therapy. The PRP is placed, by injection, into the affected joint(s). Studies have shown an improvement in clinical signs up to ONE year following treatment.
  • TENDON injuries. The PRP is injected into the tendon, under the guidance of ultrasound, at the site of damage.
  • LIGAMENT injuries. The PRP is injected into the ligament, under the guidance of ultrasound, at the site of damage.
  • Following JOINT SURGERY the PRP is placed into the joint to aid the post-operative healing process.

A dedicated rehabilitation therapy programme is often recommended for 8 to 12 weeks following treatment. As a recognised and increasingly common treatment option for conditions in both human and veterinary medicine, PRP is becoming increasing more affordable. The procedure is also covered by most pet insurance policies (as always, we would recommend you check first with your insurance provider).

For more information you can view/download the leaflet by clicking here.

If your dog suffers from any of these conditions and you would like to discuss the use of Platelet Rich Plasma as a treatment option please contact us at the Windermere branch of Oakhill Vet Group on 015394 88555.

 


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