What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a medical procedure during which a physician draws a patient’s blood, processes it, and then reinjects it under imaging guidance with the goal of using the healing properties of these cells to support tissue regeneration. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) describes the end product of a mechanical process through which the blood is extracted and refined to create a serum with a much higher concentration of platelets than that which is found in unprocessed blood.
Benefits of PRP
In addition to its ability to promote healing and drive recovery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has a number of key advantages over more traditional treatments, including surgery. First, the procedure is minimally invasive, so recovery time is minimal, and there is little to no scarring, which many patients appreciate. Second, because there are no incisions made during the procedure and it is performed under local anesthesia, it has a drastically reduced risk profile in terms of serious complications, including blood loss, infection, and the myriad side effects of general anesthesia. Finally, preparation of the final injection does not require additives or chemicals, so there are no foreign substances of chemicals being introduced to the body during the procedure.