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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Elmhurst, IL

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is exactly what its name suggests.  The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets.  Until now, its use has been confined to hospital settings.  New technology permits doctors to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only a small amount of blood drawn from the patient while they are having outpatient surgery.

Why all the excitement about PRP?  PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate.  During the healing process, the body rushes many types of cells to the wound in order to initiate the healing process.  One of those cell types is platelets.  Platelets perform many functions, including the formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors into the wound.  These growth factors function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue.  As more growth factors are released into the wound, more stem cells are stimulated to promote healing.  Thus, one can easily see that PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

PRP Has Many Clinical Applications:

  • Bone grafting for dental implants, sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation procedures
  • Repair of bone defects created by removal of teeth or small cysts
  • Repair of openings between the sinus cavity and mouth

PRP Also Has Many Advantages:

  • Safety:  PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue
  • Convenience:  PRP can be generated in the doctor’s office while the patient is undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure, such as placement of dental implants
  • Faster healing:  Saturating the wound with PRP produces an increase of tissue growth and thus faster tissue healing
  • Cost effectiveness:  Since PRP harvesting is done with a small amount of blood in the doctor’s office, the patient need not incur the expense of the harvesting procedure in hospital or at the blood bank
  • Ease of use: PRP is easy to handle and makes bone grafting products more stable when applied

Frequently Asked Questions About PRP:

Is PRP safe?  Yes.  During the outpatient surgical procedure, a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV.  This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down.  In less than fifteen minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.

Should PRP be used in all bone-grafting cases?  Not always.  In some cases, there is no need for PRP.  However, in the majority of cases, application of PRP to the bone graft will increase the final amount of bone present in addition to making the wound heal faster and more efficiently.

Will my insurance cover the costs?  Most probably not.  The cost of the PRP application is usually paid by the patient.

Can PRP be used alone to stimulate bone formation?  No.  PRP must be mixed with the patient’s own bone, a bone substitute material such as demineralized freeze-dried bone, or a synthetic bone product.

Are there any contraindications to PRP? Very few. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure. Check with your surgeon and/or primary care physician to determine if PRP is right for you.

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