Platelet Rich Plasma
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma is composed of plasma with a high concentration of white blood cells (WBC) and platelets containing growth factors. The WBCs help fight infections while the platelets help clot the blood and contain the powerful growth factors needed to start the healing process. A normal platelet count is 150,000-350,000. PRP contains 3-6 times that number and sometimes more.
What are growth factors?
Your platelets release healing proteins called growth factors. There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however, cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing.
Where can PRP be used?
PRP can be used in almost any surgical specialty where tissue or bone has been injured, cut, or bruised.
How is PRP applied?
The use of PRP varies from procedure to procedure and can be applied in a variety of ways.
Generally, it is sprayed on topically at the end of the procedure to control post-op oozing, to fixate small bone graft material, and to spread the concentrated growth factors under and around soft tissue and tissue grafts.
Who makes PRP?
Most of the time the blood is drawn by a nurse or other qualified allied healthcare professional.
Who can benefit from PRP?
Anyone, from professional athletes to those who enjoy recreational activities or whose wounds are difficult to heal, can benefit from the healing effects of PRP.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP is derived from a small quantity of your own blood. Using a tabletop device, your blood is processed and prepared at or near your bedside in your doctor’s office or surgery center.
Documented uses of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Dental/Maxillo Facial/Periodontal
- Plastic Surgery
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