This treatment consists of using as an anti-inflammatory a product of the body itself: Platelets located in the blood. These cells contain proteins very rich in platelet growth factors, which have a great anti-inflammatory capacity.
It has been shown that the application of this product in inflammatory processes such as tendinitis or wear of the joints by osteoarthritis allows to reduce the present level of inflammation, with the consequent clinical improvement of the patient.
Medicine has always aimed to cure patients with methods that are as non-aggressive as possible. That is why medical science has achieved treatments (as pharmacological as surgical) increasingly effective and with fewer consequences for patients.
Despite this, there are still many pathologies that do not have a completely effective treatment; in others, we have effective treatments but that involve an important aggression for the patient.
In the field of orthopedic surgery, we must mainly treat pain caused by joint degeneration or tendon pathology.
This type of pathology has so far been treated with drugs, rehabilitation or surgical interventions.
Currently we can already offer a new type of treatment: Local infiltration (puncture) with PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP), which offers advantages over current treatments.
Blood is made up of different types of cells (red blood cells or erythrocytes, white blood cells or leukocytes, and platelets). In recent years it has been discovered that in platelets there are proteins that have a very high anti-inflammatory power. Through a centrifugation process we can separate these cells from the blood.
The procedure involves extracting about 40 cc of blood from the patient, centrifuging it, separating the part of the plasma where the platelets are, and injecting them at the point where there is inflammation. The entire procedure is performed on an individual basis, and does not take more than 30 minutes. The usual treatment consists of 2 to 4 infiltrations depending on the location, applied at intervals of 2 weeks.
PRP is a derivative of the blood of the same patient, so there is no possibility of rejection or allergies. The most important complication that can occur is the infection caused by the puncture; in order to avoid it, both the manipulation of the blood and the puncture are carried out in a surgical environment in conditions of maximum asepsis.
The most satisfactory results have been obtained in those patients who presented a significant pain in the joints caused by a process of wear and tear (osteoarthritis). The anti-inflammatory capacity of prp decreases in a very important way the pain that this disease causes, and allows to postpone the placement of a prosthesis. It is important to note that the process of wear and tear continues its evolution, but the quality of life improves in a very important way because there is less pain.
Tendinitis is another pathology that can also be treated very satisfactorily with PRP.
Tendinitis usually affects people who do some type of physical or sports activity, and who need the healing time of their injury to be as short as possible. This is achieved with this treatment, so that the patient can return early to their physical or sports activity.