PRP procedure is relatively simple and well tolerated. Blood is drawn from a vein usually one of the large veins from the arm. That blood is put in a special machine called centrifuge and then spinned for approximately 15-20 minutes. This process isolates platelets and blood plasma from other blood components. By spinning the blood in the centrifuge, we obtain plasma which is highly concentrated with platelets. The centrifuge increases the concentration of platelets 3-10 times what they would be in blood alone. Other components of blood are also removed, although sometimes the white blood cells are left within the concentrate to play other roles in healing. This highly concentrated blood plasma then is injected in to the area of injury to help the healing process. At Triangle Pain Consultants, we perform the injection with image guidance to increase safety and accuracy and effectiveness.
What do I do before the procedure?
We recommend you drink plenty of water starting 2-3 days prior to procedure. This help to keep yourself hydrated, making it easier to draw the blood in the amount we need. If you are on blood thinners, please discuss this with your physician prior to procedure.
What happens afterwards?
You may have soreness at the injection site for 2-3 days following the procedure. You may ice the site, and take over the counter medications such as Tylenol or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). We recommend to avoid strenuous activity involving the area for at least several days.
What does it cost?
This procedure is not reimbursed by insurance companies. Therefore, the patient usually pays out-of-