From day one, Dr. Nels Lindberg has been proud of his clinic’s technology and commitment to state-of-the-art veterinary practices. But Animal Medical Center’s most recent addition to its ever-growing list of services is probably one of the most scientific therapies offered in the area.
“Stem cell therapy, otherwise known as regenerative medicine, isn’t a new idea. We’ve been hearing about it for years, but we are proud to be the only veterinary practice in the area that can offer these technologically advanced therapies in-house,” Lindberg said. “In layman’s terms, we extract the animal’s own stem cells from their fat tissue and put them back in the body where they are most needed.”
Regenerative medicine can be used to treat a myriad of animal conditions, such as joint pain and arthritis, tendon and ligament trauma, soft tissue wounds and skin allergies. “The goal of regenerative medicine is to bring injured tissue back to its original pristine condition,” Lindberg said. “Stem cells and progenitor cells are extraordinary because they can grow and divide many times, and can form many types of tissue through a process of specialization called differentiation.”
In some cases, enough cells can be harvested and grown so that a surplus can be saved for future use. Once injected, the stem cells give rise to the specific type of tissue that has been damaged, allowing for accelerated and natural healing to occur.
“Some animals can see the benefits within a few days, while others may take a few weeks,” Lindberg said. “But one treatment can make all the difference between a pet being able to climb stairs or jump into a vehicle, or being in constant pain.”
Animal Medical Center partners with MediVet Biologics to offer this revolutionary new therapy in-house at its clinic, located at 622 McKinley in Great Bend.
Animal Medical Center’s Great Bend location is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon with a 24-hour emergency service. The new Ellinwood satellite clinic at 315 Santa Fe is open Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with appointments for veterinarians from 1-5 p.m. on those days. For more information, visit www.myamcvets.com, call 620-792-1265, or like Animal Medical Center on Facebook.