Platelet rich plasma therapy in surgery
Comprehensive Prolotherapy involves the use of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) as a healing component. The treatment is delivered in a non-surgical simple injection procure. The healing potential of PRP has not been lost of the surgical community. The use of PRP is routinely investigated in the literature as a means to helps accelerate the healing of the wounds caused by the surgery.
Researchers in China have recently published their findings that PRP used during total knee replacement can reduce postoperative drainage volume, accelerate the healing of operation incision with no extra complications.1 Other research suggests that PRP did not enhance healing during ACL reconstruction.2 And there is inconclusive evidence that PRP can enhance the repair of the rotator cuff following rotator cuff surgical repair.3,4
Many doctors believe that the best use of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is an injectable and that it best applied during a comprehensive Prolotherapy program.5
More research on PRP use during surgery, and article by Ross Hauser, MD.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
1. Dong P, Tang X, Wang J, Zhu Z.. Clinical study of platelet-rich plasma gel in total knee arthroplasty 2014 Nov;52(11):851-5.
2. Figueroa D, Figueroa F, Calvo R, Vaisman A, Ahumada X, Arellano S. Platelet-Rich Plasma Use in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery: Systematic Review of the Literature. Arthroscopy. 2015 Jan 14. pii: S0749-8063(14)00940-2. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2014.11.022. [Epub ahead of print]
3. Beck J, Evans D, Tonino PM, Yong S, Callaci JJ. The biomechanical and histologic effects of platelet-rich plasma on rat rotator cuff repairs. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Sep;40(9):2037-44. doi: 10.1177/0363546512453300. Epub 2012 Jul 19.
4. Jo CH, Kim JE, Yoon KS, Lee JH, Kang SB, Lee JH, Han HS, Rhee SH, Shin S. Does platelet-rich plasma accelerate recovery after rotator cuff repair? A prospective cohort study. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Oct;39(10):2082-90. doi: 10.1177/0363546511413454. Epub 2011 Jul 7.
5. Kim E1, Lee JH. Autologous platelet-rich plasma versus dextrose prolotherapy for the treatment of chronic recalcitrant plantar fasciitis.
PM R. 2014 Feb;6(2):152-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.07.003. Epub 2013 Jul 19.