Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a safe and effective nonsurgical treatment option that uses components of the body’s own blood cells to stimulate and accelerate the natural healing process and regeneration in tendon, ligament, and bone injuries and conditions. The overall goal of this procedure is to produce lasting results through healing. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating the injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition becomes irreversible.
What is PRP?
PRP is a nontoxic, nonimmune substance that is produced from the patient’s own blood using a process called platelet enrichment activation. This process allows our doctors to extract platelets from your own blood and concentrate them to over five times of what a natural platelet count would be. The extracted substance is then ready to be injected into your injured tissue and promote the healing process.
How does the PRP procedure work?
At the appointment, a sample of your blood is obtained and processed on-site to create PRP using the platelet enrichment activation process. Once the PRP substance is ready, an ultrasound machine will be used to visualize the site of the injury and guide the needle to the affected area with greater accuracy. The platelets are then injected into areas that are less vascular, such as ligaments and tendons. This helps the healing process and does not allow the platelets to clot. The procedure should take approximately 25 – 30 minutes.
Afterward, you will be able to continue with your daily activities. If there are any specific instructions that will need to be followed after the procedure, your doctor will inform you of them. Initial improvements may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses.
Insurance and Payment
At this time, insurance companies are NOT paying for this procedure. If you choose to schedule a PRP injection, you will be responsible for the full cost of the procedure, which is due at the time of service.
PRP injections are not performed on the day of the initial consultation. To move forward with scheduling this procedure, please contact Melissa at (609) 267-9400, ext. 1702.