1. What is Novobrace?

Novobrace is a product that is used to heal tendon injuries. Novobrace forms bonds between collagen fibers of the tendon to create a stable internal brace for the tendon to heal. This allows horses to begin rehabilitation and turnout much faster, as much as 50% faster compared to alternative therapies.

2. How is Novobrace administered?

Novobrace is injected directly into the injured portion of the tendon or ligament. Your veterinarian will do this using an ultrasound to guide them. The procedure is done with your horse standing under sedation (general anesthesia is not needed).  The total procedure time is approximately 15-20 minutes.  Novobrace field veterinarians are available to consult with your veterinarian about your horse and their treatment plan at no additional cost to you or your veterinarian.

Bluegrass Lexington Kentucky Thoroughbred Horse Equine

3. How is Novobrace different than stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Novobrace is not a regenerative therapy. It is a unique compound that directly interacts with the collagen of the injured tendon and forms strong flexible bonds. These strong flexible bonds provide immediate stabilization of the tendon or ligament and prevent further propagation of the lesion. Whereas, stem cells and PRP are injected into the lesion and recruit “healing” cells to the area.  Read the Novobrace Advantage for more information.

4. Can I use Stem Cell or Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) with Novobrace?

Yes. The nice thing about Novobrace is that you can use it in conjunction with available regenerative therapies. However, they’re not used at the exact same time. Adjunct therapies are generally spaced a few weeks apart from a Novobrace treatment.  Consult with your veterinarian or the veterinarians at Novobrace to find the treatment plan that works best for your horse.

5. What are the side effects?

The side effects of Novobrace are minimal with correct application of the product. There may be some swelling at the injection site (especially in light colored horses). This can be managed with Bute or Banamine, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and typically resolves within 1-3 days. There can be some rare, but serious side effects if the product is administered in an inappropriate location, or the horse is drastically overdosed. When administered properly, Novobrace is a safe and effective treatment option.

6. When can I start riding after treatment with Novobrace?

Every horse is different, but after just two weeks post-treatment with Novobrace, we recommend small pen turnout. By working with your veterinarian and the veterinarians at Novobrace, a rehabilitation plan will be customized to your horse based on the severity of the injury. Typically, work under-saddle is recommended 3 months after treatment.

7. How many times does my veterinarian need to recheck my horse after treatment with Novobrace?

Typically, your veterinarian will recheck the treated area with an ultrasound examination every 4-6 weeks to monitor the progress of healing until the tendon is completely healed.

8. Is there research supporting Novobrace use in horses?

Yes. Novobrace has been evaluated and tested by leading veterinarians across the USA and the outcomes far surpass the expectations of treating clinicians. Over one hundred horses have been successfully injected with Novobrace to date. Numerous articles have been published on the Novobrace technology, Nonsurgical Exogenous crosslink therapy and are listed on our website. In factthe main ingredient in Novobrace is currently being investigated for the treatment of spinal disc disease in humans and has undergone extensive research in this area. Several studies have been performed testing the product on equine tendons. Both in the lab and in the field, Novobrace has shown efficacy with minimal side-effects. The largest clinical study is currently in the process of being reviewed by a well respected veterinary journal.

9. Where do I get Novobrace for my horse?

Contact your veterinarian or contact Novobrace for more information. Novobrace veterinarians are available to consult with your veterinarian regarding your horse at no additional cost to you or your veterinarian.  Novobrace is available for purchase to licensed veterinarians in the USA.  Email us at support@novobrace.com or call our vetline to purchase.

10. Where can I find more information about Novobrace?

Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Visit our resources page to access additional videos and information.