YOURSELF HEAL WITH PRP
Understanding how your body’s natural growth factors can help accelerate
the healing process
Individuals undergo surgery for a variety of different reasons.
For some, the decision is prompted by the need to repair damage caused by
trauma, birth defects, and/or the aging process. For others, the decision is to
improve their personal appearance and well being. In either situation, Platelet
Rich Plasma (PRP) enriched with growth factors is one tool used by surgeons to
help improve surgical outcomes.
(PRP) is made from a small sample of your own blood (approximately 20
cc.). The process concentrates the platelets found in the blood sample. These
concentrated platelets contain huge reservoirs of growth and wound healing
factors. Growth and wound healing factors are natural components of your body.
Clinical data has shown that growth and wound healing factors enhance and
accelerate your body’s normal healing process.
The use of (PRP) is now readily accessible to all segments of the medical
profession. Benefits of PRP include the reduction of bleeding and bruising,
decreased inflammation and swelling, enhanced wound closure, accelerated bone
growth, and reduction of overall healing times.
This pamphlet summarizes the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma
(PRP) and why
PRP is revolutionizing many surgical procedures.
HOW LONG HAS PRP BEEN USED?
PRP has been used clinically for over a decade. Leading clinicians in
specialties such as dental, ENT, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery,
Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing routinely use PRP
to deliver a cocktail of natural bioactive growth factors.
HOW COULD PRP BE USED FOR MY SURGERY?
The use of PRP varies from procedure to procedure. PRP is generally
applied topically to the wound site. It can he used to control bleeding in
applications such as cardiovascular and orthopedics. PRP is often applied to
bone grafts and soft tissue graphs to stabilize the graft material. PRP is used
to help fixate bone grafts as well as accelerate bone growth in orthopedic and
dental procedures. PRP is also used to seal wounds and accelerate soft tissue
healing in facial plastic and cosmetic surgeries.
WHY IS PRP (ENRICHED WITH GROWTH FACTORS) PREFERRED OVER OTHER PRODUCTS OR
PRP is the only available product that contains
elevated levels of all your natural occurring growth factors. These
growth factors are maintained in precisely the same ratios found circulating in your body. Although recombinant products are available, these products
are usually synthetic derivatives of a single growth factor.
Fibrin glues are another product available to the physician. However, the
fibrin glues currently marketed do not contain any growth factors and are
virally inactivated derivatives of blood components drawn from other donors.
IS PRP SAFE?
PRP is derived from a small quantity of your own blood drawn at the time of
surgery The PRP is made point-of-care at the time of surgery and under
physicians control. Also, since the PRP is made from your own blood, it is
insulated against the risk of disease transmission.
WHO MAKES PRP?
Historically, the production of PRP at the time of surgery was complex, time
consuming, expensive, and required large blood volumes. The process often
involved outside personnel and a transfusion of blood products. The recent
introduction of small automated, office based PRP systems makes the benefits of
PRP practical in the office and outpatient setting. Now, your surgeon or nurse
can prepare PRP in parallel with the surgical procedure.
HOW IS PRP MADE?
The surgeon draws approximately 50cc of your blood at the time of surgery.
The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins and automatically
separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then further
centrifuged to concentrate the autologous platelets and hence your natural
growth factors. The PRP is then available for your surgeon to use as needed. The
entire process takes less than 5 minutes and adds no extra time to the surgical
WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is composed of platelets and plasma. Platelets are
tiny cells that are partially responsible for causing blood to clot. Platelets
also contain large reservoirs of natural growth factors. While a normal
concentration of platelet circulating in your blood is 200,000 per micro liter,
the platelet count in PRP can exceed 2 million platelets per micro liter.
WHAT ARE GROWTH FACTORS?
Platelets contain potent growth factors necessary to begin tissue repair and
regeneration at the wound site. Growth factors derived from platelets initiate
connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote
development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.
IS PRP FOR YOU?
The use of PRP enriched with growth factors is considered by many to be a
"new frontier" of clinical therapy. Since PRP can he used in so many
types of procedures and for so many
types of patients, you should
discuss your specific surgery with your doctor.