Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
How Is PRP prepared?
After a blood draw, the sample is placed into a specialized centrifuge to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood. Typically, 5-10 ml of PRP remain for injection. The platelet concentrations are 5-20 times higher than in the original sample, depending on the technique and the indication. This concentrate is then injected precisely under image guidance (typically ultrasound or x-ray fluoroscopy) into the injured tissue. The typical time for this outpatient procedure is about 30 minutes.
Is PRP Safe?
Yes. PRP has been used clinically for over a decade with minimal side effects. Aside from typical procedure discomfort and occasional short term post-procedure pain, side effects and complications are minimal. The risk of infection is smaller than with other type of injections because the contents of PRP naturally counteract any infection. PRP is made under direct physician supervision.