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: $550.00 per injection; $700.00 if image guided (hips)
The Angel system is the only fully automated system that utilizes 3-sensor technology (3ST) and one-button automation to prepare customized platelet-rich plasma (PRP) formulations. The Angel system has the capability to deliver platelet concentrations up to 18x baseline with adjustable leukocyte concentrations. The Angel system utilizes the principle of flow cytometry, or light absorption by cells, to achieve precise separation with reproducible results. Platelet-rich plasma may be mixed with allograft and autograft bone prior to application to an orthopedic site.
Contact: 613-520-3510 for an appointment with Dr. Jay Sheridan
Cost: $850.00 per injection; $1000.00 if image guided
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) Injections
Blood is made up of a liquid called plasma which contains platelets. The Platelets contain different proteins and growth factors that are very important in the healing process. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections involve a spinning of your blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Following this separation of blood products the platelet matrix is injected into the joint, ligament, tendon or muscle to enhance healing. Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a second generation procedure using platelets and leukocytes in a complex fibrin matrix to accelerate the healing of tissue.
Patients should expect some discomfort following the procedure (with a range from 2-7 days) as the natural healing cascade is stimulated. Activity modification timeline following the injection is dependent on the injection type and tissue location. Generally, some rest or modification from sport will be required ranging from a few days to a month.