Synovetin OA is a radiotherapeutic that is an injection of a radioactive form of tin. This is engulfed by inflammatory cells and inflamed joint lining causing cell death and a reduction to cessation of inflammation in the joint. Dogs who respond well to this treatment can see improvement for up to 12 months. There is a 92% success rate in mild to moderate elbow arthritis and 72% success rate in severe arthritis. Please see synovetin.com for more information.
If you are interested in this treatment, we would first go through a screening questionnaire. We will discuss post treatment distance restrictions that may impact your pet for 2-3 weeks.
Platelet Rich Plasma (Joint Injection)
Injects proteins and anti-inflammatory components of the patient's blood that can modulate the inflammatory process in a joint. It can decrease the amount of inflammation as well as aid in more blood flow to the joint.
A series of injections is usually needed in severe arthritis (2-3 injections per joint spaced every 2-3 weeks). Mild cases of arthritis can see results after one injection. Patients can see relief for close to 6-9 months! Hyaluronic acid can also be added to the PRP to help with the joint range of motion.
Steroids/Hyaluronic Acid (Joint Injection)
Hyaluronic acid is essentially a product that is similar to joint fluid. It is injected to give the joint a smoother range of motion and can aid in keeping a steroid that has also been injected in the joint for a longer period of time.
Steroids are potent and can decrease pain/inflammation lasting for weeks to months. This treatment is often reserved for patients with severe arthritis that did not see result from PRP. We are limited to injecting a joint with steroids 4 times in a 12-month period as steroids can degrade any cartilage that is left in the joint.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (Non-Invasive Soundwave Therapy)
Shockwave therapy for dogs involves using acoustic waves to stimulate healing in tissues. It promotes blood flow, reduces inflammation, and accelerates the natural healing process.
The benefits include:
- Pain relief.
- Improved mobility.
- Enhanced recovery from conditions like arthritis or musculoskeletal injuries such as tendinitis or chronic tendinopathy.
How is Synovetin OA® administered?
Synovetin OA® is given as an in-office injection
All that is required is a sedative, and then we use a needle and syringe to inject Synovetin OA® directly into the affected joint(s).
Patients can go home the same day and return to whenever level of activity they are comfortable with while Synovetin OA ® goes to work to reduce the pain and inflammation of OA over time.
This procedure can only be performed by licensed veterinarians at veterinary hospitals permitted to use internal radiation therapy. On rare occasions, discomfort in the treated elbow has been seen in dogs that can last up to 72 hours after treatment. Short-term home-care instructions must be followed after treatment to minimize extended close contact such as co-sleeping.
Please call us with any questions you may have about this breakthrough new procedure: (717) 652-1270.
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