Stem Cells are precursor cell that can develop into almost any cell type in the body. They have benefits in
Treating some diseases
How do we obtain the Stem Cells?
One of the richest tissues in stem cells are body fat.
A brief surgical procedure can harvest the fat
The sample is sterilely prepared and sent to Vet-Stem laboratory in California
What does the collection mean for my pet?
Brief general anesthesia
A 4-6 cm incision behind the sternum
The incision is made numb, and appropriate pain medication is provided
No running, jumping, play for 2 weeks
Why treat with Stem Cells?
Proven and most commonly used in
Decrease risk/need for surgery
Decrease use of medications and their associated potentially side-effects
Healing of bone, tendons, muscle and ligaments
Benefits reported with
Inflammatory bowel disease
Cerebral Infarction (stroke)
other neurologic disease
Under research for use
Stem Cells banked for the life of your pet
Why bank Stem Cells before you need them?
Stem Cells are most robust and numerous in younger animals
An easy addition to an elective procedure such as a spay or neuter, or any other elective procedure
Don’t have to add costs of surgery and anesthesia, or undergo another procedure at an older age
What does it cost?
Harvesting and banking of stem cells
$550 add-on to another surgical procedure
Initial cost includes first year of banking
$50/year banking for life of pet
Harvest and treat directly (inject 48 hours post-harvest)
$2000-2400 as an add-on to another procedure (including second sedation and treatment)
Dr. Christiansen can discuss all options for the short and long-term at a consult.
Are there any side effects?
Since it is the patient’s own cells, there is no inflammatory reaction
No systemic adverse events reported and < 0.5% local tissue reactions
What about practices that process/prepare Stem Cells in-hospital and are a lot less expensive?
Prepared in a sterile environment
No pets or their waste products are in the facility
Dedicated and specially trained technicians and staff performing harvesting, counting, and dosing
Lifelong service and customer care
Poorer quality control
May result in inferior samples
Potentially greater risk of infection (which can be crippling or even fatal)
Please schedule an appointment with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Jeff Christiansen at the clinic of your choice, to evaluate your pet and to discuss stem cells to improve your pet's or patient's length and quality of life.
We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Dr. Christiansen is highly experienced in all manner of soft tissue surgery (stomach, intestine, liver, lung, bladder, tumor removal, reconstructive, etc.), orthopedic (fracture repair, joint surgeries, congenital deformities, etc.), and spinal surgery (especially disc disease in the back or neck).
I just don't know where to begin...I get choked up when I think about how thankful I am to have Dr. Christiansen and Aloha caring for my doxie Charlie. Dr. Jeff Christainsen, fixed my boys IVDD and he and Aloha have walked me through Charlie's care and recovery. Doc answers calls and emails at 11pm and Aloha is just as available to talk you through something or to help you learn right there at the clinic. Recovery from that kind of surgery is difficult on a dog and it's owners and this team together, know how to get you through those challenges with compassion and professionalism. I even....Read More