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Cutting Edge Stem Cell Treatment in Boone PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 07:19

Many of us may be jealous of our dogs today, that after a new treatment was shown yesterday to use cutting edge medical technology to treat painful joint disorders such as arthritis—for your four-legged friend. The procedure was demonstrated by Dr. David Linzey of the Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic, who described the new system, “The procedure is called stem cell regenerative therapy. This process has been around for several years, but it’s being offered now by a new company so that it can be performed in-house. We’re functioning as a referral center for all of western North Carolina.” Dr. Linzey described what the system can do, “Stem cells, by definition, are basically repair cells. So what we’re doing is collecting large numbers of these stem cells and we’re activating them and charging them up and flooding the body with them, and they will seek out areas of inflammation, cell and tissue damage. And when they find those areas, they have the capability to turn into a variety of tissues.”
Yesterday’s case Linzey described as a typical use for the therapy, “Max is kind of a typical case.  He’s a 7-year old mixed terrier sort of dog, about 90 pounds. Max was born with a deformed hip, one hip fairly severely affected and the other hip is normal.” With Max’s case, the clinic has done 9 to 10, according to Linzey, “We were trying to get a couple of these under our belts before we started to let folks know publically that we were doing these. We’ve been very pleased with the results we’ve gotten so far on all of them.” And he said there is little discomfort for the dog and recovery is much less than surgical replacement options, “There are no side effects of the procedure at all, and the only potential effect associated with it is just a brief anesthetic time to collect the tissue.  And then they usually go home and are back to their normal selves in about two days.”
Linzey said that he wanted to get an early start on the technology as he thinks there is more on the horizon, “We think this sort of medical procedure is going to be applied to more different medical conditions over time as more becomes learned of it.  We’re still in the infancy of stem cell treatments.” So Dr. Linzey plans to be busy with the new treatment, and as for us two-legged variety, we’re waiting.

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