Patient's guide to natural health
The Angel system from Arthrex
Personalized cellular concentrations of platelet-rich plasma
Healing after injury involves a series of complex events where proteins within the blood act as messenger informing healing cells where to find the site of injury. Numerous proteins involved in the healing process come from small fragments of cells, also called platelets, that form in the blood.
Platelets are small fragments of cells present in the blood. They are formed in the bone marrow and circulate freely in the blood to the rest state. However, when an injury occurs, platelets are activated and begin to gather at the site of injury to release beneficial proteins called growth factors. This is the beginning of the healing process.
For many years, blood components collected from the patient and then injected at the injury has been a growing interest in the orthopedic field.
What is the treatment of platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood or the bone marrow. A high concentration of growth factors allows good traffic and a significant presence of cells. This concentration of blood or bone marrow is called PRP. We collect a sample of your blood and we centrifuge it to separate the plasma, which contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets play an essential role in wound, soft tissue injuries and fractures healing by activating stem cells to regenerate healthy tissue. Rich plasma injection of platelet gives your body a natural boost to accelerate the healing process. Some patients report a more rapid relief from pain and acceleration of the healing process.
How PRP is done?
Dr. Sylvain Simard will remove a small amount of blood or bone marrow. This sample is then placed in the machine Angel Arthrex which separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The entire treatment is usually done in under 30 minutes.
Am I a good candidate for a PRP treatment ?
Talk with your doctor and ask if PRP is a good treatment for you. He will conduct a review to see if the PRP treatment would be beneficial for you. If you are taking anti-inflammatory drugs or anticoagulants, your doctor may discontinue the use a few days before and after treatment.
Is the PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment used by athletes?
The platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a revolutionary and conservative approach to natural healing of a host of orthopedic and sports injuries. PRP treatment helps avoid surgery and return to the sport or to work earlier. Here is a list of some professional athletes who have tried PRP treatment: Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods, Jean Pascal and Milan Michalek, etc.
What are the benefits of PRP treatment?
PRP therapy is a noninvasive treatment. It can heal orthopedic problems such as arthritis, tendinitis and ligament injuries. It also benefits people who are not good candidates for surgery or who want to avoid it because of age, health or other concerns. Other benefits are:
- A pain relief and rapid healing
- Tissue regeneration
- Fewer complications than surgery
- Minimal downtime
- No incisions, no scars.
Can PRP treatment suit me?
PRP treatment uses your own blood cells to stimulate the natural healing process. It is generally effective for:
- Partial tear of the rotator cuff
- Sprains and Strains
- Muscle fibrosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- And more
How is the procedure done?
First, we take a small amount of blood and we centrifuge it in a specialized device approved by Health Canada called Angel of Arthrex, to separate platelets, growth factors, and white blood cells. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain a reserve of bioactive proteins and growth factors that are essential to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
Then, with an injection of local anesthetic we will numb the treatment area. Using ultrasound guidance for target placement we inject platelets and growth factors in the damaged tissue. The high concentration of platelets tells the body that there are damaged tissues and attracts healing cells in the target area to start the repair process. For minor soft tissue injury, the body is usually able to send enough healing cells to repair the injury.
Am I a good candidate for PRP therapy?
You and your doctor can decide if PRP is a good treatment for you. If you want to avoid surgery and get long term pain relief, we encourage you to learn about regenerative medicine by visiting our website at www.cellulessouches.ca.
What are the risks associated with this treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses the natural properties of the body to treat your injury. Side effects from PRP treatment are very rare.
Does my insurance cover this procedure?
PRP treatments are performed for several years but most insurance companies still consider it experimental treatment and refuses to cover it. You will need to contact your insurance company to confirm if they will cover this procedure. If your insurance does not cover the treatment, your doctor may discuss other options available to you.
For more information, discuss it with your doctor or go to www.cliniquesylvainsimard.com to learn more about this procedure.
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