Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Access Ortho uses the Arthrex system for PRP injections to treat knee osteoarthritis.
PRP is a novel treatment used to manage pain related to osteoarthritis of the knee.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? Whilst blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.)
The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain many proteins called growth factors which are important in healing injuries.
PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets and associated growth factors - can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.
What conditions do Access Ortho treat with PRP? Currently we use PRP injections as part of the non-operative treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.
As further research is done for other conditions, we will expand to include these.
Please contact us about your specific condition and we will discuss your options.
What are the benefits of PRP?
Patients who have PRP get varying outcomes these include:
- Pain reduction
- Increase in functional capacity
- Improvement in joint mobility
- May postpone or avoid surgery
- Some patients note no change following PRP injections
Are there any risks to having a PRP injection?
PRP therapy uses your own blood products, therefore the immune system does not consider the injected platelet cells and plasma to be foreign and therefore does not cause an allergic reaction.
Any discomfort from the procedure is typically very mild. At the time of the appointment the medical staff will discuss the procedure and risks with you in detail.
Who will do the injection?
The procedure is undertaken by an orthopaedic surgeon in combination with a nurse practitioner.
What is the procedure?
A blood sample is taken from the patients arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma. The plasma is collected and injected into the knee joint.
What are the costs? The costs for PRP are different to our appointment costs for urgent injuries.
The price is charged per tube regardless of how much blood can be drawn.
Please ensure you are well hydrated before your treatment.