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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma is composed of plasma with a high concentration of white blood cells (WBC) and platelets containing growth factors. The WBCs help fight infections while the platelets help clot the blood and contain the powerful growth factors needed to start the healing process. A normal platelet count is 150,000-350,000.

PRP contains 3-6 times that number and sometimes more.

PRP can be used in almost any surgical specialty such as orthopedics, general, urological, dental/maxillofacial, periodontal, plastic, podiatric, ENT, vascular, gynecologic, pain management, and wound care. Please discuss PRP as an option with your doctor to better understand some of these benefits:

  • Tendons and ligaments that repair more quickly
  • Reduce post operative swelling, bruising, scarring, and pain
  • Slow or stop post operative oozing, reduces blood loss, and accelerates bone regeneration

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) helps “jumpstart” the healing process because it is a concentration of your own autologous (aw-tal’-o-gus) platelets, which have reservoirs filled with powerful “growth factors and healing agents”. To get the PRP we obtain a small amount of your blood (1-2 oz.), then separate and concentrate the platelets. Your surgeon then applies the concentration of platelets to your wound, surgical site, or injury site. Clinical data has clearly shown that PRP acts as a bioactive bandage and jumpstarts the healing process. In many different surgical specialties, the data shows that PRP accelerates the healing process, slows or stops post operative oozing, reduces blood loss, accelerates bone regeneration, helps tendons and ligaments repair more quickly, reduces inflammation, and decreases post-op pain.

What are growth factors?

Your platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however, cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing. Therefore, after increasing the baseline concentration of these platelets, we are able to deliver a powerful dose of growth factors that can dramatically enhance the healing process.

In summary they:

  • Promote the growth of specific types of cells and tissues
  • Increase development of new blood vessels
  • Accelerate bone regeneration
  • Initiate connective tissue formation
  • Attract “clean up” cells

Where can PRP be used?

PRP can be used in almost any surgical specialty where tissue or bone has been injured, cut, or bruised.

Specialties include:

  • Orthopedics
  • Plastic
  • General
  • Urological
  • Dental/Maxillofacial
  • Periodontal
  • Podiatric
  • ENT
  • Vascular
  • Gynecologic
  • Pain Management
  • Wound Care

How is PRP applied?

The use of PRP varies from procedure to procedure and can be applied in a variety of ways. Generally, it is sprayed on topically at the end of the procedure to control post-op oozing, to fixate small bone graft material, and to spread the concentrated growth factors under and around soft tissue and tissue grafts. PRP can also be injected into an injury site without an incision to help the injury site heal. The presence of the high concentration of platelets starts and accelerates the healing process and reduces post operative swelling, bruising, scarring, and pain.

Who makes PRP?

Most of the time the blood is drawn by a nurse or other qualified allied healthcare professional.

A HemaSource technician specifically trained in the proper application and use of PRP then processes the blood. Our technician will assist and advise the surgeon in the proper application of the PRP. The process takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

What are the terms of service for the free trial?

Anyone, from professional athletes to those who enjoy recreational activities or whose wounds are difficult to heal, can benefit from the healing effects of PRP. If you have been told you need surgery for your ailment, PRP may be a way to avoid costly surgery. Please discuss PRP as an option with your doctor to better understand its benefits and whether or not it is a viable option for you.

What are the terms of service for the free trial?

PRP is derived from a small quantity of your own blood. Using a tabletop device, your blood is processed and prepared at or near your bedside in your doctor’s office or surgery center. Since it is your own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission.

Documented uses of platelet rich plasma (PRP)

ORTHO

  • Total Joints (Hip, Knees, etc.)
  • Bone Grafting
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff
  • ACL Injuries
  • Patella Tendons
  • Tendinophathies
  • Muscle strains

PLASTIC SURGERY

  • Face Lifts
  • Brow Lifts
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Reconstructions
  • Skin Grafts
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Liposuction

VASCULAR

  • Graft Anastomosis
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Chronic Wounds

DENTAL/MAXILLOFACIAL/PERIODONTAL

  • Sinus Lift
  • Bone Grafting
  • Wounds
  • LaFonte Procedures
  • Reconstructive Procedures
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