Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentrated sample of your own blood composed primarily of high levels of platelets. Platelets are a critical component of the healing process. Importantly, platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair. PRP delivers a concentration of platelets and growth factors that is roughly 4-6 times greater than that found in whole blood.
Growth factors are necessary to initiate tissue repair and regeneration at the wound site. Growth factors derived from platelets are responsible for soft tissue repair, bone regeneration, development of new blood vessels, and stimulation of the wound healing process.The highly concentrated level of growth factors found in PRP may optimize conditions for healing.
The use of PRP is considered by many to be a“new frontier” of regenerative therapy. Since clinical studies have shown that PRP can be used in many types of procedures for a wide range of patients, you should discuss your specific treatment with your doctor.
The use of PRP varies from procedure to procedure. PRP is generally applied by injection to the repair site. It is often applied to bone and soft tissue repair sites to accelerate tissue regeneration. Clinical studies have shown that application of PRP can help reduce bleeding, minimize pain, reduce infection rates, and optimize overall healing.
Yes. PRP has been used clinically for over a decade. Leading clinicians in specialties such as Dental, Orthopaedics, and reconstructive Surgery routinely use PRP to deliver cocktail of natural, bioactive growth factors. PRP is derived from a small quantity of your own blood drawn at the time of treatment. Because PRP is made from your own blood, it is insulated against the risk of disease transmission and inflammatory immune responses. PRP is made point-of-care at the time of treatment and under physician’s control.
Preparation of PRP is a simple procedure that can be performed in an office or outpatient setting. The clinician draws a small volume of your blood at the time of treatment.The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins and automatically separates the red blood cells from the plasma.The plasma is then further centrifuged to concentrate autologous platelets and hence your natural growth factors.The PRP is then available for your clinician to use as needed.The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and adds no extra time to the procedure.
Since PRP is a newer treatment modality, it is not yet covered by insurance. The cost for PRP is $875 per injection.