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Unprecedented Stem Cell Procedure in Billings

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It's no longer just talk, no longer only research. Thursday morning, veterinarians at the Animal Clinic of Billings performed a very rare procedure.

Dr. Bobbi Jo Massic orchestrated a regenerative stem cell procedure on her seven-year-old dog named Thor. The goal of the surgery is to alleviate pain caused by arthritic and diseased joints. Thor's own plasma and an LED light activate the stem cells, giving them a boost. She says since the procedure is being performed on her own pet, she'll be able to closely monitor his progress.

"We'll have a very good idea on what we can tell people to expect from this," Massic said. "It'll be exciting for me, Thor has certainly been through a lot."

Dr. Bryna Felchle says once injected, more cells are generated, and Thor will soon have more cartilage. In the coming years, she says this process will become a way for more pets to return to an active lifestyle.

"Oh I think it's going to be a very common procedure," she said. "It's not a curative procedure, by any means, but it's another method that we can use for our patients that have debilitating disease."

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