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Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP)

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Learn more about platlet rich plasma treatment (PRP) at King Edward VII’s Hospital

We know living with a damaged tendons, ligaments or muscles can be a painful and can impact your quality of life by stopping you from doing what you want to do.  Here you can find out more about our London platlet rich plasma treatment (PRP) specialists and find out if this treatment is the right option for you. On this page King Edward VII’s Hospital London regenerative medicine consultants answer your questions about the procedure.

lasma is the protein-rich liquid component of blood that transports red and white blood cells around the body. It’s also rich in tissue growth factors that promote blood clotting and healing. Platelets are small cells that also circulate around the body in the plasma, that help to form clots and prevent bleeding.

PRP treatment involves taking a blood sample, isolating the plasma and concentrating it so that it’s rich in platelets and tissue growth factors. This can then be re-injected into areas of the body experiencing musculoskeletal damage, in order to promote healing.

Why would I need Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

Most patients requiring this type of treatment need it because they have a musculoskeletal injury that’s causing pain and discomfort and that hasn’t responded to other treatments. It can also be used where surgery isn’t suitable or appropriate.

What symptoms does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment address?

PRP therapy mainly helps to treat soft tissue injuries, such as tears to the Achilles heel or the rotator cuff in the shoulder joint, that are causing pain, stiffness and immobility or that are hindering sports and a patients’ day-to-day enjoyment of life.

This kind of therapy can also be used to manage some cases of osteoarthritis and large muscle tears.

When should you speak to your specialist about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

If you’ve experienced a musculoskeletal injury that’s affecting your ability to carry out daily tasks and exercise or play sports, speak to your GP or specialist about the possibility of PRP therapy.

How is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment performed?

A member of your specialist medical team will take a sample of blood from a vein in your arm, in much the same way as any regular blood test. This sample will then be processed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of the blood.

The plasma is then prepared for injection, and your doctor will inject it into the affected area. They may use ultrasound to guide them to the correct area of treatment.

PRP treatment is performed in a clinic setting, takes around 30 minutes and you’ll be able to go home the same day.

What is the recovery like for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

Your recovery from Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment will depend on multiple factors, including your age, fitness level and the nature of your procedure and your general level of health.

You may experience some minor pain and swelling to the area, and this will normally subside after 24 to 38 hours.

Your specialist will discuss the recovery process with you and recommend the best course of action for your recovery period. You may expect to refrain from rigorous activity for the first two weeks and it may be a few weeks until you notice any benefit.

Are there any risks/complications associated with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

As with any medical procedure, it’s possible for risks or complications to arise. Speaking with your specialist beforehand will help you avoid any adverse reactions.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment has a relatively low risk of serious complications, but in a small number of cases, infection may occur. Speak to your specialist if you notice any redness, heat or excess swelling or pain in the treated area.

How can I prepare for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

Prior to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, your specialist will discuss with you how best to prepare, as each patient is different with differing needs. It’s advisable to learn as much as you can about your procedure beforehand and discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Common preparations for any kind of treatment include a general health assessment and routine blood tests, x rays or scans as requested by your specialist.

A good level of general wellbeing will prepare you for a better outcome after treatment so it’s recommended that you eat healthily, exercise regularly if possible and cut back on smoking and drinking.

Prepare your home prior to treatment so that you’re comfortable whilst you’re recovering and plan to have someone take you home from the clinic. Your specialist will discuss any specific preparations that you should make prior to treatment.

Are there alternatives for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?

Your specialist will be able to discuss alternative procedures with you, depending on your circumstances.

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