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Alternative to Invasive Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair

The rupture of the anterior ligament (ACL) in dogs is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs. When a dog ruptures their ACL , surgery of the knee to stabilize the knee joint is recommended by veterinarians. There are several stabilization techniques available including but not limited to TPLO, TTA, Tight Rope and Lateral Fabella Suture stabilization. These surgeries are not only invasive but are expensive, costing between $3500-$7500. A recent study done by the University of Kentucky took four groups of dogs all of who had torn their ACL. Each group of dogs either had dogs no repair, TPLO surgery, TTA surgery or lateral fabella surgery of the knee. All four groups of dogs were re-evaluated one-year post surgery to evaluate the amount of degenerative joint disease (DJD) or arthritis that had formed.   In all four groups, all patients had the same severity of DJD no matter which surgical procedure was performed as compared to the group who had no surgery at all. This study made me think about putting a dog through such an invasive, painful and sometime failed surgical procedure only for the dog to be burdened with a lifetime of arthritis and pain.

Stem cell therapy has become a major tool for me to manage and treat diseases once not possible. Stem cells are cells that are undifferentiated cells that can become cartilage, bone, meniscus, joint capsule, and nerve cells. The also send “messages “ to the body to help relieve inflammation repair damaged tissues as well as bring blood supply to areas in need of repair. The FDA in the United States has approved stem cells to treat arthritis in dogs, cats and horses. Stem cells are retrieved from the patient by collecting approximately 20 grams of fat by making an approximately 2 inch abdominal surgical incision. The total surgical time is approximately 15 minutes. After the fat is retrieved the patient is fully recovered from anesthesia. The fat is then processed in the stem cell laboratory at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital. The process takes 3 ½ hours to isolate the stem cells from the fat and activate them into functioning cells.

Two years ago, I decided to try a much less invasive approach to dogs with ACL tears. Instead of surgical incising the knee and stabilizing the joint, I retrieved fat from the patient, isolated the stem cells and injected these stem cells directly back into the knee of the patient. The procedure is very minimally invasive and all patients recovered form the surgery within 24 hours. To date, I have treated 62 canine patients with fully torn ACL ligaments. Out of the 62 patients treated, only one patient required a very non-invasive arthroscopic arthrotomy  to  treat a “bucket tear”. The rest of the patient’s made full recovery and because stem cells were used, arthritis is highly unlikely to ever occur. The cost of stem cell treatment is significantly less than standard ACL surgery costing approximately $3400.00.  There is an approximate 44-60% of dogs who tear one ACL will tear the other legs ACL within one year.  Using banked stem cells from the initial procedure, the second ACL repair requires NO surgery and costs approximately $300.00

This new and exciting breakthrough will give dogs a much less invasive procedure and a procedure where arthritis is highly unlikely to ever become a problem. It also gives owners a much less expensive way to treat their dogs that tear the ACL ligament. For more information regarding stem cell therapy for ACL tears or other diseases, Please contact me at

Scott M. Rovner, D.V.M.



Roscoe Village Animal Hospital’s veterinarians serves the medical and dental needs of animals in Chicago’s Lakeview, Lincoln Park, North Center, Wicker Park, Uptown , West Loop, Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods.

Online Pharmacy Prescriptions

All FDA regulated medications are sold exclusively to veterinarians from the drug manufacturers. Pet medications purchased from a third party online pharmacy, are all diverted products. Because the product is a diverted drug, the manufacturer does not guarantee the quality or effectiveness of the medication. This is due to the unknown environmental conditions the drug was… Continue Reading

New Treatment For ACL Tears in dogs

Alternative to Invasive Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair The rupture of the anterior ligament (ACL) in dogs is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs. When a dog ruptures their ACL , surgery of the knee to stabilize the knee joint is recommended by veterinarians. There are several stabilization techniques available including but not limited… Continue Reading

Dr. Rovner’s Cancer Study In Dogs

Cancer has turned into an epidemic in our canine and feline patients. Currently approximately 7 out of 10 dogs die of cancer in our country. In 2009, I began a study to evaluate pet food as a potential cause of this terrible disease. My theory was that pet food was the culprit. You may ask… Continue Reading

New Allergy Treatment Now Available At Roscoe Village Animal Hospital

Roscoe Village Animal Hospital has been selected as 1 of 100 hospitals across the United States to use a new monoclonal antibody treatment for allergies in dogs.  The drug is administered once every 30 days subcutaneously. Thus far,  there have been no know adverse reactions to the new medication.  If your dog is experiencing allergies,… Continue Reading

Does your dog have allergies ?

Roscoe Village Animal Hospital is now fully stocked with the new allergy medication Apoquel.  Apoquel medication is used to provide relief to itchy dogs. This includes dogs with atopy (environmental allergy), flea allergy, food allergy, and contact allergy. It is fast-acting and effectively relieves itch within 24 hours. As a first-of-its-kind drug, Apoquel is not… Continue Reading

Canine Influenza Vaccination

Dog Flu Vaccine Available Roscoe Village Animal Hospital now carries the H3N2 vaccine for the new strain of canine influenza virus that is still affecting dogs in and around the Chicagoland area. The H3N2 virus was the main cause of the influenza epidemic seen this past spring. Due to the severity of the disease associated… Continue Reading

Prescription Medication Returns

Prescriptions and Dispensed Medications Please note: Dispensed medications may not be returned to  Roscoe Village Animal Hospital per FDA regulation CPG    Sec.460.300 *Please note we request a 24-­‐hour notice for prescription refills. U.S. Food and Drug Administration -­‐Protecting and Promoting Your Health CPG Sec. 460.300 Return of Unused Prescription Drugs to Pharmacy Stock  POLICY:… Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Beware

Every dog lover has had to give medications to their dog. Sometimes the meds are flavored and appealing and sometimes they aren’t. Many dog owner and vets alike have hidden pills in peanut butter. Peanut butter is excellent camouflage to hide bitterness and is very popular among dogs. Recently, certain food manufacturers have started to… Continue Reading