Platelet-rich plasma or PRP uses a patient's own blood components to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues.
In response to an injury or tissue damage, your body naturally recruits platelets and white blood cells from the blood to initiate a healing response. Under normal conditions, platelets store numerous growth factors.
Modern technology allows us to concentrate platelets and white blood cells from your blood and induce this growth factor release as we inject the solution directly into injured tissue, simulating this same healing response in a more powerful form.
Following a formal evaluation and diagnostic workup, an individualized treatment plan will be discussed with you. A full explanation of the procedure including risks and benefits will be reviewed.
Once written consent is obtained, blood is drawn from your arm and placed in a special processing unit, which separates platelets, white blood cells and serum from red blood cells.
The platelets and white blood cells (including stem cells) are then concentrated and collected into a sterile syringe. Some of the blood is used to create an "activator" of the PRP. The skin and soft tissue is prepped, followed by injection to the injured tissues.