Revolutionary Stem Cell Treatment for Dog ACL Tears: 254 Successful Cases

Over the past ten years I have developed a new treatment for ACL tears using stem cells as the sole treatment. I am currently in the process of publishing my procedure and successful outcomes. To date, I have completed 254 fully torn ACL’s cases. The treatment that I have developed is significantly less invasive, less painful, improved recovery and a procedure that treats secondary arthritis, regenerates the damaged articular cartilage and regenerates the torn medial meniscus. Other surgical treatments do not address these very important issues and only maintain the instability of the knee joint. Today the most common recommendation given to clients to treat ACL tears is a surgical procedure known as TPLO. The procedure is a very invasive procedure which uses a bone saw to make semicircular cuts fracturing through the top of the lower leg bone known as the tibia, the tibia is then rotated and a bone plate is screwed into place to keep the upper thigh bone known as the femur from moving forward over the tibia. TPLO surgery was developed in 1993 by Dr. Barclay Slocum and Theresa Devine. Recently published data for the TPLO surgery showed up to a 37% complication rate from this procedure. These complications include bone infections, fractures of the tibia, tearing of the medical meniscus, fractures of the screws holding the bone plate in place and bone cancer at the plate site. The procedure is considered a very aggressive, painful surgery for the patient. Following this surgery patients are restricted to a crate or room restriction with or without sedating the patient during their recovery period in an effort to lessen these complications in contrast to this activity restriction, patients who have stem cell treatment are restricted to leash walks only for 8-16 weeks. Another important difference between surgical correction and stem cell treatment is it is known that all patients having surgical procedures will all return within a few years with severe arthritis, pain and lameness. To date, I have not had any patients receiving stem cell treatment return for any issues including arthritis. The stem cell procedure is a simple surgical procedure. Fat is collected by making an approximately 2-inch incision just below the breast bone to collect fat. It is from this fat that the stem cells are harvested in our in-house stem cell lab. Once the cells are harvested, they are suspended in patients activated platelet rich plasma (PRP) activated and injected into the affected knee. This procedure is less invasive than doing a spay procedure. The dog’s surgical recovery time from the fat collection is one day. Improvements are typically seen within 2 weeks as the PRP has very powerful anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. The stem cells begin regenerating in about 4-6 weeks. Patients return to their normal activity within 8-14 weeks following the procedure. The patient is examined again int 6-8 weeks following the stem cell treatment. If the patient is not 100 % at this follow up appointment, left over platelet rich plasma (PRP) which is kept at the hospital in the freezer, is injected into the affected knee as an outpatient procedure. The cost of the stem cell procedure is $5800-$6400. Another advantage of the stem cell treatment is that the remaining stem cells left over from the procedure are banked in vapor nitrogen which allows them to be used for future use. One use of these banked stem cells is to treat the other knee if the ACL ruptures. Published data shows that 40-60% patients will tear the other ACL within 1-2 years from the first injury. Thus far, in cases where I have performed stem cell therapy, I am at an 11% tear of the other knee. I attribute this lower rate to the quick ability to use the injured leg without thus having less compensation of the non-injured leg. If the other ligament does tear, a stored vial of banked stem cells would be used for treatment. The procedure to repair the other ACL tear does not require surgery or anesthesia and is done as an outpatient procedure costing $2500. Not only are we using stem cells for ACL repair, we have also successfully treated other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, liver disease, autoimmune diseases, laryngeal paralysis, progressive retinal atrophy, spinal cord injuries, cognitive dysfunction and many other conditions. If you are interested in the procedure, please call 773-549-3131 to set up a consultation or procedure with one of our veterinarians.

Scott M. Rover