Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) | Naples, Florida
Blood is made up of three main components: blood cells, plasma, and platelets. In addition to causing blood to clot, platelets have the unique ability to spur cellular growth and development. This growth factor is especially helpful because it allows doctors to speed up cellular growth in targeted areas. Platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP, has been used to increase the speed of healing for decades. Orthopedic surgeons have applied the healing benefits of PRP to the repair and regeneration of connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. This use can be applied to a variety of orthopedic procedures and techniques, most notably in the field of sports medicine.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Uses
Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
is used in the treatment of a number of orthopedic ailments, as it helps provide blood and platelets to the fibrous cells that make up tendons and ligament. When damaged, tendon and ligament cannot regenerate properly on their own because they lack a blood supply. By directly injecting PRP into the affected area, orthopedic surgeons are able to spur healthy growth for damaged tendon and ligament.
Achilles Tendon tears, rotator cuff tendonitis, and tennis elbow are all sports medicine related conditions that can be treated with PRP injections.
is collected from the patient before a surgical procedure. Blood is drawn from the patient's arm using conventional methods similar to those used by blood banks. The patient's blood is then placed into a centrifuge to separate the different elements of blood. Since platelets and plasma are heavier than blood cells, a concentrated mix of the two condenses on the bottom of the container. This platelet rich plasma can then be injected directly into the injured area.
Surgeons time procedures precisely so the freshly separated PRP can be injected as soon as it is taken out of the centrifuge. Platelets have a lifespan of five to eight days, making storage problematic. In some cases, accelerating agents such as calcium chloride are added in order to ensure the platelets begin working immediately upon injection. Contact with connective tissues like ligaments and tendons automatically activate platelets, beginning the reconstructive process immediately upon injection.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment in Naples, South Florida
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs specializes in the newest, cutting edge treatments for a range of orthopedic conditions. A former resident and fellow in joint replacement at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Biggs has served as a national instructor for orthopedic surgeons.
Learn more about Dr. Biggs and how to make an appointment at his Naples, Florida, office. »