Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) sometimes referred to as Autologous (using patient’s own blood) is exactly that, a component harvested from someone’s blood whereby a high number of platelets are concentrated. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Platelets are known to aid in the healing process of all wounds and therefore the regeneration of cells. New data show that platelets release large doses of bioactive proteins, known as growth factors responsible for attracting macrophages, mesenchymal stem cells and osteoblasts which promote the removal of necrotic tissue and enhance tissue regeneration and repair.
Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP Treatment Contains Growth Factors PRP
Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP Treatment Contains Growth FactorsPRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), a type of therapy that utilizes the growth factors in the patient’s own blood, uses components called platelets to aid in the healing process. Leveraging the innate wound-healing ability inherent in the platelets, the protocol is performed by separating and injecting the PRP harvested from the blood. Platelets contain growth factors that activate the cells in your body. The growth factors induce the generation of new cells that have been shown to rejuvenate from within. In clinical studies, the PRP treatment has show to be effective for wound healing and reversing non-healing trends.
PRP treatment has been studied since the early 1970’s. Its healing properties have been attributed to increased concentrations of autologous growth factors and secretory proteins that may enhance the healing process on a cellular level.
Growth Factors Are Proteins
Platelets play an important role in wound healing. They provide initial Hemostasis and release mediators to help modulate the inflammatory response and many of the cellular functions involved in healing of a wound. Contained in the alpha granules of platelets are multiple growth factors. Growth factors are proteins that impart particular biochemical messages to specific target cells through precise membrane receptors. Growth factors possess paracrine related properties that are stimulatory for mitogenic activities, cellular differentiation, protein transcription, chemotaxis, angiogenesis, and collagenase activities.
The Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP Procedure is fast and relatively painless
The PRP procedure is relatively quick. To develop a PRP preparation, 17 cc of the patient’s blood is drawn, then placed into our kits and then into a FDA cleared centrifuge device which is then spun at 1300 RCF 9 minutes (approx 2700 RPM). The centrifuge is used to separate the PRP from PPP and RBC components. After the blood has been separated and extracted into a syringe, the physician will then inject the concentrated PRP into the site of the patient’s injury. The PRP injection takes less than 1 hour including the preparation and recovery time. Dependent upon the injury location and severity, as well as the varied response from patient to patient, the number of injections recommended may vary from a single injection up to 3–5 treatments. However, since PRP is regenerative and autologous, there is no limit on the number of treatments.