Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Intra-Articular
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a natural concentrate of autologous blood growth factors experimented in different fields of medicine in order to test its potential to enhance tissue regeneration.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is exactly what its name suggests. The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Due to high cost, the use of PRP was once confined to the hospital setting. New technology permitted doctors to harvest a greater quantity of platelets from the patient, which lowered the cost and made it readily available.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP injections, as it is commonly referred, are a type of prolotherapy injection of a patient’s own platelets into an injured ligament or tendon. The platelets have an increased anti-inflammatory effect in comparison with the dextrose solution and signal growth factors to come to the area and heal the injured ligament or tendon. In select groups of patients PRP has excellent results.
Body Tissue PRP Repair
PRP to Repair Joints and Muscles
Ready for a safe, effective way to avoid surgery and still get a major repair on an injured joint, tendon, or muscle? A scientific breakthrough known as Body Tissue PRP Repair uses your own blood plasma with highly concentrated platelets to create Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Platelets are part of your blood system, and are a specialized type of blood cell involved in the rapid healing of injuries. Platelets also contain large reservoirs of natural growth factors as well as stem cells. A version of PRP repair was recently performed on Tiger Woods’ knee, when his physician gave him an injection of his own blood products to help Woods recover faster. This is what we call “baby” stem cell therapy.
PRP – Anti Aging Therapy
Why use PRP?
PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process.
PRP also has many advantages:
Safety: PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood; therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
Convenience: PRP can be generated in the doctor’s office.
Faster healing: The super-saturation of the wound with PRP, and thus growth factors, produces an increase of tissue synthesis and faster tissue regeneration.
Cost effectiveness: Since PRP harvesting is done with 20cc, 30cc or 60cc of blood in the doctor’s office, the patient need not incur the expense of the harvesting procedure in hospital or at the blood bank.
Ease of use: PRP is easy to handle and actually improves the ease of application of bone substitute materials and bone grafting products by making them more gel-like.
Great results have been shown in areas such as:
Crinkling skin around the eyes
Cheeks and mid face
Chest and décolletage
Back of hands and arms
Most body areas
Stimulates hair growth on scalp
Frequently asked questions about PRP:
Is PRP safe?
Yes. During the outpatient surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than fifteen minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.
Are there any contraindications to PRP?
There are very few. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure.