PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, i.e. blood plasma that is rich in platelets (thrombocytes). These platelet concentrates have a high content of various growth factors and so-called cytokines that control the growth and differentiation of cells.
In a process called plasmapheresis, blood is taken from the patient and centrifuged in a special tube. The plasma is separated and centrifuged again to maximize the concentration of platelets. This concentrate is then injected to the desired sites where it “attracts” certain “repair cells” (mesenchymal stem cells, fibroblasts, and leukocytes) and stimulates accelerated division. In this way, healing processes are greatly accelerated or made possible if they were previously disturbed.
This autologous procedure has been known since the sixties and has been scientifically well studied. It is very safe, since only the body’s own material is used and has a wide indication.
In our practice, the application is mainly for joint disease, tendinitis and poorly healing wounds.