Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a component of blood that has been enriched with platelets above their normal concentration. Also known as thrombocytes, platelets contain special growth factors which promote healing of injured tissues in the body. Platelets are easily extracted from patient's own blood and can be safely re-injected into injured areas to stimulate tissue repair.
Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment has been used in various medical procedures since the 1980s. It is currently applied in nerve injury, cardiac muscle injury, plastic surgery, oral surgery, and musculoskeletal injuries. The key advantage of PRP is that Platelet-Rich Plasma is prepared from the patient's own blood.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is considered safe, and there are no associated concerns with rejection or complications. PRP risks are the same as any local injection.
You should not have PRP therapy if you have:
- Abnormal platelet function
- Active systemic infection
- Active cancer
- Low-platelet count
- Severe anemia