Alan M. Hirahara, MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic SurgeonSpecialist in Sports Medicine

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is created from blood by spinning it in a centrifuge and allowing the different components of blood to settle into different layers.  By removing the red & white blood cells (RBC's & WBC's), we can concentrate platelets and growth factors, which are critical to tissue healing.  RBC's do not play a part in the healing cascade, and concentrated WBC's (neutrophils) have been shown to inhibit healing.  This concentrate of platelets and growth factors is PRP.

PRP is now used surgically and non-surgically to help ensure that the healing process is started appropriately where we want it.

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