Platelet - rich plasma is a concentrate of platelet – rich plasma protein derived from whole blood, centrifuged to remove red blood cells. As a concentrated source of blood plasma and autologous conditioned plasma, PRP contains several different growth factors and other Cytokines
Overall, PRP is a safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because it is your own blood. However, anytime a needle is placed in the body, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, etc. These risks do not happen often, and are very rare.
By injecting areas of inflammation or tissue damage with high concentrations of platelets, it can encourage wounds to heal.
A small blood sample is taken from the person being treated and put into a centrifuge or other specialized device that spins at high speed.
This process separates platelets from other blood components.
The concentration of platelets is then injected into the area of the person's body that needs to be treated.
Most procedures take less than an hour. You can undergo the procedure without general anesthesia. Regenerative medicine treatment protocols are done on an outpatient basis and require little to no recovery period. Oftentimes you’ll be able to return to work directly following the procedure.
In the days following a PRP injection, practice self-care by resting, avoiding alcohol and tobacco products, and restricting the use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients are encouraged to minimize activity for at least 24 hours following the procedure. However, most patients are able to participate in their daily activities immediately after the procedure.