What Does PRP Even Mean?!
Most of the surgery that our doctors perform here at Advanced Foot and Ankle care is considered elective, but that does not mean that we do not take it seriously. When we start discussing surgery as an option with our patients we like to go over our protocol for surgical patients and why we have these protocols in place. While our protocols can seem particular to some, there are many reasons for each.
One mandatory thing we require for each of our surgical patients is called PRP, or platelet rich plasma. This is process where a patient’s own blood is enriched with above average levels of platelets to promote healing. Since many of our surgeries requiring manipulating bone, we see anything that can help aid in the healing process as a must. PRP has been around for several decades and is still being studied for its possible applications. New research is showing it may help with arthritis. Since this procedure uses the patient’s own blood, it has little to no side effects. PRP is also a great base for physical therapy, which many of our surgical patients go on to do.
While we use PRP strictly for surgical patients, there are studies coming out that show in office PRP may be able to help with tendonitis. We are always interested in possible applications and processes that are non-invasive but allow for our patients to live better lives.