Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a more recent development in the treatment of many orthopaedic conditions, particularly injuries to tendons, ligaments, and joints. Dr. Tucker commonly uses PRP injections for the treatment of such conditions as rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, tendonitis of the patella, quadriceps, or Achilles tendons, as well as arthritis. PRP is a more advanced method to provide your own body’s natural healing factors and nutrients to any areas that are slow to heal. It just involves a simple blood draw and is done entirely during an office visit
The Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) System is a unique device that is used by the physician to concentrate platelets and growth factors within a plasma layer separate from white and red blood cells. This plasma may then be used by the physician at the point of treatment for a variety of applications. It has been shown that delivering concentrated growth factors to a surgical site may improve the environment for healing.
The process begins by removing a very small amount of blood from the patient in a manner similar to a laboratory blood test. The Double Syringe System is then placed in a centrifuge and spun for five minutes, concentrating the platelets and growth factors within the plasma layer, separate from other blood components. When centrifugation is complete, the double syringe is removed. The yellow plasma layer is then transferred into a separate inner syringe. The inner syringe is then removed and a needle or cap is placed on the syringe for use at the point of care.
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