What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
The all-natural healing technique of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary new method. PRP is a technique that purifies and isolates your body’s natural healing and growth factors from your blood. On the day of the procedure, our staff will take a small sample of your blood and place it in a specially designed and calibrated centrifuge.
The blood platelets perform several essential functions in the body, including blood clot formation and the release of growth factors that help to heal wounds. These growth factors stimulate the stem cells to produce new host tissue as quickly as possible, which is why platelet rich plasma therapy is so useful in the post-treatment healing process. Platelet-rich application is now widely used to expedite the post-procedure healing process and is completely safe. Since the blood used will come from the patient’s body, disease transmission is not a factor.
What can I expect for my treatment?
Our specialist will initially assess if you are a candidate for platelet-rich plasma therapy. Patients with blood clotting disorders will be unable to take advantage of this treatment. We collect a small (about 2 oz) sample of blood during scheduled outpatient treatment. The blood will be placed into a centrifuge to separate the plasma and fibrin from the red blood cells. The centrifuge concentrates the platelets, fibrin, and white blood cells which contain a growth factor.
Immediately after suturing the wound, our specialist will apply the cells to expedite your healing and decrease the amount of discomfort. The specialist will provide aftercare instructions.
Contact our Columbia, SC office at (803) 788-2167 to schedule a consultation.