This treatment involves the collection of your blood (approximately 12 ml) which is then spun down using a centrifuge to separate out the plasma and platelet portion using the ‘separator gel’ as a special filter. The PRP portion of your blood is then injected back into the injury. The product injected is 100% your own blood by-product (autologous).
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BEFORE THE INJECTION
If you have any type of blood disorder please inform the doctor undertaking the procedure. In particular, if you have anaemia, low platelet count, are taking any form of aspirin, or have had a recent illness let us know.
You should not take any aspirin for at least 2 weeks before the procedure (preferably longer) and until 6 weeks after the procedure. You should avoid other anti-inflammatories from one week prior until two weeks after the injection.
Please have a driver with you as resting the site is critical for the first hour post injection.
You should not have PRP treatment done if you have any of the following conditions:
systemic cancer, chemotherapy, steroid therapy, blood disorders and platelet abnormalities, and some anticoagulation therapies. If you are unsure about any of above mentioned conditions, please ask us.
The injection itself is similar to a cortisone injection. We will give local anaesthetic into the skin and not into the affected part, as the local may interfere with the PRP.
You will rest the part for 10minutes immediately and we advise resting for the remainder of the day.
You should avoid aspirin from two weeks prior and avoid anti-inflammatories for 5 days prior until 2 weeks after the injection.
AFTER THE INJECTION
- You may have a temporary increase in symptoms that can be managed by ice, rest, and paracetamol.
- You should rest the tendon or joint for several days followed by gradual activity.
- You should see a physiotherapist regarding an isometric strengthening program for the affected part starting 10-14 days after the final injection
- A second injection is usually recommended at the 2-4 week interval, and occasionally a third.
Dr Duncan uses a Regenlab system for extracting the PRP from your blood.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
You may experience mild to moderate swelling of the treated area, this will last for about 8-24hrs. You may notice a tingling sensation while the cells are being activated. In very rare cases infection may occur, which may require treatment with an antibiotic.