The Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts offers a wide range of regenerative therapies for its equine patients. Stem cell therapy using stem cells derived either from fatty (adipose) tissue or bone marrow is a new tool in the facility's state-of-the-art array of treatment modalities.
Adipose-derived stem cell therapy, offered through Vet-Stem, utilizes stem cells harvested from adipose, or fat, cells. Marrow-derived stem cell therapy, offered through VetCell, utilizes stem cells harvested and expanded in culture from bone marrow. Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in the body that can transform into any cell type—bone, tendon and ligament, for example—to stimulate healing and regeneration of healthy tissue. Stem cells are being used in the equine industry to treat a number of challenging injuries. Clinical studies evaluating stem cell therapy reveal positive results in the treatment of tendon/ligament injuries, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and cyst-like lesions, as well as fractures. Stem cells are harvested from each equine patient's own tissue, minimizing the risk of negative side effects typically associated with non-autologous products derived from another animal.
Individual recovery and rehabilitation depends on your animal's needs and will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.