Irap® is a novel biological treatment which has been used recently as an aid in the management of lameness caused by inflammation and/or degeneration within joints. By harnessing the regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties of the horse’s own blood cells, damaged musculoskeletal tissues are encouraged to heal.
The technique involves the retrieval of 50ml of the horse’s own blood using a special collecting syringe. This undergoes special treatment in the laboratory (‘conditioning’) prior to retrieval of protein-rich serum, which is then injected back into the horse, usually on 3 or 4 occasions, at the site(s) of injury or disease. A period of rest may be advised as appropriate.
Although use of this treatment is still in its early stages, preliminary results are encouraging and Irap® represents an exciting addition to our therapeutic range in the management of equine lameness. Furthermore, since no prohibited substance is administered, there is no withdrawal period for competition.
Due to the specialised equipment required the cost of collection and culture can be quite expensive. Please contact the office to discuss the full breakdown of costs.