Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is an exciting treatment that uses one’s own blood platelets to both activate tissue regeneration and accelerate tissue repair following an injury, surgery, or degeneration.
How does PRP work?
Treatments are a multi-step process that is completed in one doctor’s visit, PRP involves:
drawing a patient’s blood;
placing it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells; and
injecting the plasma solution back into the patient’s body at the site(s) of the injury.
The high concentration of platelets in the plasma solution creates a localized inflammatory reaction that stimulates the growth of new ligament and tendon fibers, cartilage, and bone. The PRP process replicates the body’s natural healing response where blood swells around an injured area of the body to protect it and facilitate healing.
This technique can help shorten the rehabilitation time following an injury or surgery and can often help patients to avoid surgery or the need for cortisone injections. Compared to surgery, PRP carries a substantially lower chance of infection, leaves no scar tissue or irreversible destruction of cartilage. Visits, which include preparation and injection of the plasma solution, take approximately 50 minutes. In addition, the recovery period post-PRP is considerably shorter than post-surgery, and PRP is considerably less expensive than surgery.
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Depending upon your particular circumstances, your Kaplan physician will utilize ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance during the PRP procedure.
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