Platelet Rich Plasma is a component of your own blood, which contains growth factors, which are known to stimulate soft tissue healing. It is processed sterilely from your blood and is therefore safe from transmission of diseases from others.
To process PRP, 20-60ml of blood (approximately 0.7-2oz) will be drawn from a vein using an aseptic technique. Your blood will be processed in an FDA approved device in fifteen minutes. It will be activated and added to your surgical site to assist healing.
Healing cascade starts with the platelets that we have injected releasing the growth factors over 1 week. It is believed that the white cells gravitate toward the area and clean up any debris over the next week. During weeks 3 and 4, it is then believed that the stem cells enter the area and start to heal and repair the damaged ligaments and tendons. Therefore, you may not see significant improvement until after 4 weeks from