The Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts offers a wide range of regenerative therapies for its equine patients, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
PRP therapy uses a high concentration of platelets from the horse's own blood (autologous) in a small volume of plasma. Platelets serve a multitude of functions, such as a sealing wound and vascular tissue, providing a scaffold for tissue generation, promoting stem cell binding and offering a high concentration of growth factors such as PDGF, TGF-α, and VEGF. These growth factors play a pivotal role in the repair of important soft tissue structures, such as tendons and ligaments, as well as cyst-like lesions. The harvesting of PRP is straightforward, requiring only a small volume of blood and about 15 minutes for processing. It can be used alone or in combination with stem cell therapy. Since PRP is extracted from the patient's own blood, like the stem cell therapy approach, there is virtually no risk of adverse side effects or inflammatory reactions.
Individual recovery and rehabilitation depends on the patient's needs and are discussed on a case-by-case basis.