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The MVMC Emergency and Specialty Hospital is always here for you and your pet.
Maine Veterinary Medical Center is committed to providing advanced and compassionate care for pets, support for owners and a trusting, professional relationship with referring veterinarians.
Our advanced services include canine and feline, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Surgery, Critical Care, CT Scanning, MR Imaging, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Oncologic Surgery, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Pain Management, Rehabilitation, Emergency Surgery, Emergency Services and more...
Our specialists in Neurology/Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Critical Care and Surgery are all board certified, highly trained and experienced in their specialty.
Canine Platelet Rich Plasma at MVMC
Canine Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) offers a safe and natural cell therapy to relieve the pain of joint disease or injury, promote healing, and reduce recovery time using your dog's own blood. This simple procedure can be done at MVMC as a day-procedure.
Your dog may be a candidate for PRP if it is experiencing any of the following conditions:
What are Platelets?
Platelets are a cell-like component of blood and are primarily responsible for the development of clots. Platelets also contain a remarkable array of growth factors involved in healing. The list includes platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF), ß-thromboglobulin, fibroblast growth factor, insulin-like growth factor 1, epidermal growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor. These growth factors are primarily responsible for the recruitment and differentiation of progenitor cells; promoting angiogenesis, new tissue growth, and replenishing the extracellular matrix.
What is in platelet therapy?
Most platelet therapies are made up of cells, cell-parts, and plasma constituents. While there is no agreement on what the best product composition is for any given indication, the one thing all platelet therapies have in common is the concentration of platelets. Current evidence suggests that platelet concentrations at least 3 times above naturally occurring levels provide effective treatments.
Stem Cell Therapy (Regenerative Medicine) at MVMC
What is Regenerative Medicine?
The field of regenerative medicine aims to restore cell, tissue or organ function following damage or loss secondary to injury, disease, or aging. Approaches include the use of cell-based therapies, tissue engineering, biomaterials, and artificial organs.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are regenerative cells that can differentiate into multiple cell types to form new functional tissue. Regenerative cells may also secrete factors that reduce autoimmune responses and inflammation, promote cell survival, and stimulate tissue regeneration.
Stem cell therapy uses only adult stem cells harvested from your pet's own body. This means no fetal cells are involved. The procedure is completed same-day, and is performed using a small sample of your dog's abdominal adipose (fat) tissue.
Adipose-derived stem cells have the ability to differentiate into many different types of tissue, including bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, nerves, and liver tissue. They occur naturally in the body and are drawn to areas which are damaged.
What is the procedure for stem cell therapy?
Our veterinarians obtain 10 grams of fat from your pet's body through a small incision in the abdomen. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes 15 minutes to complete once your pet has been prepped for the procedure. This sample then undergoes a series of patented processing steps in our "in-house" laboratory until a final concentrated suspension of activated stem cells is obtained. This stem cell suspension is then combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (derived from your pet’s blood), and portions of this final suspension are injected into the affected joint(s) and/or injected intravenously depending on treatment goals. The joint injections are typically performed under light sedation.Because the laboratory process is performed in-house, the entire procedure is completed in just one day. Because the laboratory process is performed in-house, the entire procedure is completed in just one day.
How long do the effects of stem cell therapy last?
The benefits of treatment are typically seen for 6 months to 1 year.
Can the procedure be performed more than once?
Yes. We can arrange for, and encourage owners to have, their pet’s stem cells “banked” at a stem cell banking facility. If future treatments are needed, the stem cell banking facility simply provides us with your pet’s purified stem cells that are ready for injection. This means that your pet does not need to undergo any further surgical procedures, and treatments can be repeated multiple times for the entire life-span of your pet.
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MVMC is pleased to have two board certified surgeons performing minimally invasive advanced surgical techniques.
Often referred to as ‘keyhole surgery’, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) involves performing surgery of the abdomen (laparoscopy), chest (thoracoscopy), and joints (arthroscopy) through small incisions. Benefits of these techniques include smaller incisions, faster healing, improved visualization, faster return to function, and less pain for our four legged friends. Surgery is done using a HD camera, a small telescope, a xenon light source and various specialized instruments. The surgeons watch the surgical area on an HD monitor using the advantage of magnification and illumination allowing for improved visualization and more accurate surgical manipulation.
Drs. Steinberg and Green completed their residencies at Upenn which is a leading institution regarding MIS. One of the main reasons that animals don’t benefit from these procedures is due to the lack of knowledge on the subject by the general public. Being the standard of care in human medicine, each animal should benefit from less operative pain and faster healing as well. We always welcome questions on the subject and are happy to consult on any cases to see if the patient’s issue may be amenable to treatment by a less invasive procedure.
Support of laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, and arthroscopic surgery is widespread in the veterinary literature. There continue to be journal articles proving MIS to be more effective with less complications regarding routine spays, liver biopsies, gastropexies, and treatment of elbow dysplasia. Please talk to your veterinarian or the staff at MVMC to see if MIS is right for your furry family member.
Procedures being offered minimally invasively but not limited to:
Our Emergency Hospital is open 24 hours a day and dedicated to excellence in emergency care. We are easily located in Greater Portland, just off 95, in Southern Maine, and care for pets in all of New England from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut to Cape Cod and Boston.
Specialties include: Internal Medicine - Neurology - Neurosurgery - Surgery
Advanced Diagnostics include: MRI - Digital Radiography - Endoscopy - Ultrasound - Laser Therapy
Medical Services: BAER (Hearing Tests) - Pet Rehabilitation - Medical Boarding - Stem Cell Therapy
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