Total Joint Surgery

Total joint surgery is a procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is designed to move just like a healthy joint.

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Foot and Ankle Surgery

The surgeons at the Joint Replacement Institute bring together many years of experience to diagnose and treat even the most complex foot and ankle conditions for patients of all ages.

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Sports Medicine

Even if you're in great shape, sports related injuries could occur when you least expect it. The goal of the doctors and staff at Joint Replacement Institute is to help athletes recover from injuries as quickly and safely as possible.

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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. Orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic 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, orthopaedic 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.

PRP Collection

PRP 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.

PRP Injection

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 orthopaedic surgeon Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs specializes in the newest, cutting edge treatments for a range of orthopaedic conditions. A former resident and fellow in joint replacement at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Biggs has served as a national instructor for orthopaedic surgeons.

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