What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a non-surgical approach where we use small precise injections of PRP with or without stem cells to regenerate damaged joints, ligaments and tendons. The PRP (platelet rich plasma) is rich in your body’s own growth factors and is spun down from a simple blood draw in a process that takes about 30 minutes. Stem cells are typically harvested from your own abdominal fat which is lipo-aspirated in a simple office-based surgical procedure. The fat is then processed to yield the stem cell injectate in a process that takes a couple of hours.
It should be noted that only the patients’ own tissues i.e. blood and fat (referred to as “autologous” tissues) so there is no foreign or unnatural tissues/products ever injected. Once prepared, the PRP with or without stem cells is injected at the precise location of injury or degeneration and stimulates the body to “regenerate” the damaged structure. If done properly, these regenerative orthopedic injections are very safe and can yield impressive results with many orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.