Fairfield vet hospital performs stem cell treatments

A Fairfield veterinary hospital is using stem cell treatment to help ailing dogs suffering from joint pain and even hip dysplasia.

Officials said Woodridge Veterinary Hospital is one of the few places that have performed these procedures.

On Friday Bosco, an 11-year-old Labrador, was in for surgery on his arthritic knees.

Doctors took fat out of Bosco, extracted the stem cells and then injected the stem cells back into Boscos knees.

Doctors said Bosco will have a little bit of swelling after the procedure but in four or five weeks he should be feeling much better.

Dr. Roberto Legorreta explained how stem cells are naturally used in the body.

"Every time that a trauma happens or anything that happens in our body, the stems cells are what get activated to regenerate that tissue. That's how we heal," Legorreta said.

Legorreta touched on the importance of this procedure and the excitement that goes along with it.

"I think this is the future of medicine, truly, in many many ways, and we're glad to be at the forefront of that, Legorreta said.

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