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Platelet Rich Plasma

Many active patients are familiar with repetitive or overuse injuries that can cause micro tears of the muscle and/or tendon fibres resulting in weakness and pain at the injury site. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) continues its advance as a novel and increasingly valuable treatment for tendon related problems such as tendonosis (Achilles, tennis/golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis,rotator cuff, jumpers knee, etc.) & partial tears (ie. Achilles). A very small amount of blood is drawn from the unaffected arm into a sterile tube and placed into an Arthrex centrifuge and spun to separate the platelets and growth factors from the other blood components. The concentrated platelets and growth factors are re-introduced into the patient at the site of the injury. Multiple studies have shown that PRP can accelerate healing of soft tissue injuries. Recent studies also support the use of PRP in the degenerative joint for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

The Arthrex ACP® Double Syringe System is used to facilitate the safe and rapid preparation of autologous platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) from a small sample of blood at the patient’s point of care. The PRP can be mixed with autograft and allograft bone prior to application to an orthopaedic surgical site as deemed necessary by the clinical use requirements. There has been increased interest in autologous blood products for use in a number of orthopaedic therapies. The healing effects of platelet-rich plasma are caused by growth factors released from the platelets, which may induce a healing response.

The Arthrex ACP Double Syringe System is a cost-effective method for concentrating growth factors for therapeutic use. Producing the ACP with the Arthrex ACP System can be performed within minutes. Typical platelet rich plasma (PRP) systems can take up to 45 minutes to process the blood for application, thereby delaying treatment and increasing the cost of the procedure.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been found to work via three mechanisms:

1. Release of Growth Factors to increase local cell division (producing more cells)

2. Inhibition of excess inflammation (decreased early macrophage proliferation)

3. Recruitment of circulating or bone marrow derived cells that help repair tissue. 

Contact: 613-520-3510 for an appointment with Dr. Taryn Taylor, Dr. Bernie Lalonde, Dr. Jay Sheridan or Dr. Lindsay Bradley

Cost: $500.00 per injection; $650.00 if image guided (hips)