Understanding platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy
In a recent interview, Dr David Dycus broke down the nuts and bolts of plasma-rich platelets (PRP) and stem cell therapy and their roles in veterinary medicine.
During an interview at the Fetch dvm360® Kansas City conference, David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA, shared what veterinarians should understand about platelet rich plasma (PRP), plus defined stem cell therapy and the importance of correctly defining the treatment being used.
View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript:
David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA: With platelet-rich plasma, what we need to understand is that we're taking a collection of blood from the dog, [and] we're spinning that down to get a very high concentration of the platelets. We don't really care so much about the platelets, what we care about are the little granules inside the platelets that will release growth factors, and those are going to be cell-signaling devices that are going to recruit reparative cells to an area of tissue injury and also help diminish the inflammatory response.