Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Tedavisi

PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) therapy is a procedure that helps damaged tissue to heal and regenerate. It is used in many areas of medicine, from cosmetic surgery and dentistry to sports medicine and pain management. Clinical data has shown that the healing factors found in platelet-rich plasma can enhance and accelerate your body’s inadequate healing process.

What is PRP?

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells and platelets). Platelets are best known for their importance in blood clotting. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are very important in healing injuries. PRP is plasma that contains much more platelets than are typically found in blood. It also has a much higher concentration of growth factors, so it has better healing properties.

Indications for PRP injection

PRP is a relatively new treatment for various orthopedic conditions such as muscle, ligament and tendon injuries. PRP injections can help relieve painful symptoms, promote healing and delay joint replacement surgeries.

Conditions in which PRP therapy is used

PRP treatment is used alone or in combination with other treatment options in the following cases: Ankle sprains, ligament injury, hip joint pain, bursitis and tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, hamstring or achill tendinitis, tendinopathy or partial tears, tendon injuries (patellar tendinitis, quad tendon), sprain or tear of ligaments, medial and lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s and tennis elbow), muscle pain or injury, calcifications and plantar fasciitis.

How is the procedure done?

PRP treatment starts with the collection of a small amount of your blood (10ml). Your blood is then separated into different layers in a centrifuge lasting 15 minutes, which allows a high concentration of platelets to be collected. Platelets contain proteins and growth factors that the body uses to repair injuries. The body recognizes the place where PRP is injected as a priority and works to heal it faster and more thoroughly. In some cases, your doctor may use ultrasound guidance for proper needle placement.

Post-procedure care

You can resume your normal activities after the procedure, but you should avoid any strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or exercise. It is normal to feel some discomfort at the injection site a few days after the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers to prevent this. You can use a cold compress to relieve your symptoms. You will be asked to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications.

Risks and complications

There are a few risks associated with PRP injections. Some of the possible risks include increased pain at the injection site, infection, damage to neighboring nerves or tissues, scar tissue formation and calcification at the injection site.

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