Treatment Procedure and FAQs
The Procedure Step-by-Step:
- A small amount of blood is taken from your arm – about 30 CCs.
- Your blood is placed into a sterile test tube and then put into a centrifuge – the centrifuge spins for about 15 mins and separates your blood into 3 sections. The top (yellowish) is platelet-poor plasma and is discarded. The bottom contains red blood cells which are important for other reasons but are not needed for tissue healing. The middle layer of blood, referred to as the buffy coat, is rich in white blood cells, concentrated growth factors, and concentrated platelets which are the necessary components for tissue renewal and healing. This is your body’s own concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma.
- Then your PRP – platelet rich portion is injected back into the area of your body where your own natural healing needs a boost. This does 2 important things. First, the PRP helps to repair & rebuild damaged tissue and second, it helps the injured area to “communicate” with the rest of your body to say, “hey we need help here…” This activates stem cells in your own body to send help for additional healing. Our bodies naturally do this on their own, but at a much slower rate, that can take years and even healing can stagnate. Degenerative areas will also have diminished abilities to repair and heal. PRP treatment can provide faster and more complete healing.
After the injection – expect inflammation and some discomfort. Generally, within 48 hours – some healing starts to kick in, to reduce pain. Then the full extent of healing will be determined by your own body, over several weeks or months. In some cases, patients may choose to have a follow-up treatment to continue the healing process.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is this covered by insurance?
A: No. Just like much-needed hearing aids, cosmetic procedures, weight-loss procedures, and long-term care – insurance companies are not yet paying for this cutting-edge treatment. However, patients can now pay for this affordable medical treatment by check, credit card or through other available financing options.
Q: Are there other medical conditions that would exclude a patient from being a candidate for PRP treatment?
A: Yes. You should consult with your doctor about all of your other medical conditions and medical history to determine if PRP is or is not appropriate for you. Some excluding factors including having cancer or an infection. If you have low platelet counts you are also not a PRP candidate.