Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Essentials

January 3, 2019

What is PRP?

PRP is best thought of as a collection of growth factors. These growth factors are completely natural and there is no risk of infection or allergic reactions. This is because PRP is taken from your own blood. This is the main reason why the treatment is so attractive to so many people–it does not require any medication or surgery and we are simply concentrating and using the natural growth factors found in your own blood!

How is the procedure done?

The first step is to collect the blood using a tiny needle. Once collected, the blood is then spun down in a centrifuge. This is then processed and after separating out all the red and white blood cells, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated and isolated. This is the part that contains the growth factors that you need. The PRP is then put into tiny syringes that make it easier to inject into the recipient areas.

Are there different systems used to isolate the PRP and is there a difference?

There are many systems available to isolate PRP. Three of the common systems are Selphyl, Eclipse, and Arthrex Angel. There does appear to be a difference between the systems as they seem to concentrate platelets to differing degrees. See our blog post on this here.

Although it would seem intuitively correct that higher concentration is better than lower concentration, we still do not know (more…)