WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PRP PROCEDURE?
During the PRP procedure, initially, blood is drawn from an IV in your arm. This blood is first separated via centrifugation into the platelets, white blood cells, plasma and red blood cells. The platelets and plasma are then isolated and concentrated via centrifugation. The end product is a plasma with a high concentration of platelets. This solution is loaded into a sterile syringe, ready for injection.
The PRP injection is performed the same day, as part of the same outpatient procedure. The whole process from blood draw to injection typically takes less than an hour to complete, sometimes more depending on the site of injection. During the injection procedure, either ultrasound or fluoroscopy will be utilized to visualize the site of injury and ensure that the solution is injected right at the target site.