PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a blood fraction that contains mostly platelets. PRP is produced in the office using your own blood. It is packed with growth factors and other valuable compounds that have powerful regenerative effects and which promote healing. PRP has many applications and can be used alone or in combination with other regenerative medicine such as stem cell and ozone treatments to enhance their effectiveness.
It is very important to note that not all PRP is the same. The quality and effectiveness of a treatment can vary widely depending on the equipment and the techniques used. The platelet is the active agent in a PRP treatment. In regenerative medicine, the platelets are the “good stuff” because they are packed with growth factors and many other valuable healing compounds. However, red blood cells are the “bad stuff” in regenerative medicine because they can damage the cartilage of a joint as well as result in other negative effects. The best PRP preparation has a lot of the good stuff and almost none of the bad stuff. This is not as easily accomplished as it sounds, since blood is mostly composed of plasma and red blood cells. The wrong technique, such as a low volume single spin preparation can deliver insufficient platelets and an unacceptably high red blood cell count. We call this “test tube PRP” which can be easily produced at a low cost, but the quality is inferior resulting in poor efficacy.
In our practice, we use the most advanced equipment and techniques to assure that the PRP treatment that you receive is packed with platelets that are ready to help you heal. This is accomplished by withdrawing the proper amount of blood and using a double spin centrifuge technique that is scientifically proven to have the proper number of platelets that are necessary to promote healing.