Murray Shotter, Lipogems Equine Consultant Vet updates us on Valentina,
“I was called out to see Pite Merlos’ pony Valentina in 2016, approximately three weeks after the injury occurred. It was a very bad superficial digital flexor tendon tear.
It has been brilliant; the horse is now back playing polo in the 18 goal and certainly Pite is preparing her for the high goal next year.
It was a potentially career ending injury and now it’s playing polo and looking really good.”
This ultrasound scan taken this year at a check up shows the regenerated SDF.
Ultrasound scan after treatment
Injury: Soft tissue injury stifle.
Left hind limb lameness (4/10) , localised to stifle by diagnostic analgesia. No abnormalities radiography/ultrasonography. Presumed soft tissue injury to cruciate ligament and, or, meniscus. Financial pressures precluded arthroscopic. Poor response to rest and intra-articular injection corticosteroids.
Treatment with Lipogems®: Lipogems® procedure 12/07/16 with 5 ml harvested cells injected into femorotibial (lateral and medial) and femoropateallar joints. Followed by 5 weeks of stable rest.
Prognosis after Lipogems® treatment: At 5 weeks, no lameness when trotted in straight line and on lunge on right rein. Slight residual lameness on left rein. Plan to walk out for 4 weeks and review
Fully sound at 9 weeks, no evidence of lameness, and resumption of normal riding activities.
Some lovely words from professional polo player Tom Beim about his ROR mare Carrot.
"I am delighted so far with the results that i have seen with Carrot. She is part of my professional playing string and to be without her my string capabilities are reduced considerably."
Carrot has received treatment on both of her front legs. In 2017 she was successfully treated for a check ligament injury and returned to work, however she suffered a second injury to her other front leg at the end of the 2018 season. Carrot was treated by Dr Tim Watson on both occasions and has been playing a busy schedule of games and chukkas in 2019.
Injury: May 2015 - Proximal suspensory ligament injury left fore - treated with local infiltration corticosteroids, returned to soundness and competed first part 2016 season. July 2016 - Lameness recurred with hypoechoic lesion ligament present in proximal suspensory ligament on ultrasonography.
Treatment with Lipogems®:18th July 2016 - Infiltrated with 5 ml harvested cells
Prognosis after Lipogems® treatment:Marked improvement in ultrasound appearance at 7 weeks. Horse continued walking rehabilitation before going back to full work.
Ultrasound scan before treatment
Injury: three-year-old check ligament
Treatment date: 28 March 2017
Follow up scan date: 22 June 2017
Prognosis: This polo pony’s injury was a career ending one that had occurred three years prior to treatment. Six months after the follow up scan the pony is fit, sound and in work. 2 years post procedure this pony is retired, other than the occasional hack in the village, but has remained sound for the full period of time post-procedure
This scan shows the damaged ligament even three years after the injury.
We love hearing about success stories from our vets and pony patients. Fantastic to have an email arrive in our office today from a very happy duo:
Following Ellie's Lipogems treatment with Dr Tim Watson for recurring stifle lameness. This is her taking overall supreme at her first show since having the treatment done last year. To read about her story on HorseDVM website please click here
This scan was three months following treatment when the pony had already returned to waking work.
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