Platelet-Rich Plasma Overview
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is simply blood plasma with concentrated platelets containing bioactive agents such as growth factors, cytokines, peptides, and proteins that are vital to initiating and promoting natural wound healing, tissue repair, and regeneration.
At Minnesota Regenerative Medicine, the PRP used is autologous or self-derived, meaning that it is obtained from a patient’s own blood.
The Angel® centrifuge system is used to separate whole blood into platelet-rich plasma (PRP) containing high concentrations of platelets within the isolated plasma. Once isolated, the PRP is then injected into degenerative joints or tendons or ligaments or muscles. Real-time imaging is used to ensure accurate placement. Imaging modalities at MRM include fluoroscopy and ultrasonography. Patients can benefit from PRP injections by promotion of natural tissue repair and regeneration with little to no down time.
If stem cells are the seeds in the lawn, then PRP is the fertilizer that helps the lawn to grow.
PRP sends cellular signals and provides nourishment to nearby stem cells to stimulate them to divide and differentiate into mesenchymal tissue such as bone, joint, tendon, ligament, cartilage, and muscle to repair degenerative tissue. When used alone without added stem cells, PRP can release a myriad of bioactive agents and growth factors, and to some capacity attract existing stem cells within the body to come to the area of injury to promote natural healing.
Stem Cell Overview
At Minnesota Regenerative Medicine, stem cells used are autologous or self-derived, meaning that they are obtained from a patient’s fat.
Traditional liposuction is used to harvest fat tissue containing tiny helper cells, more commonly referred to as adipocyte-derived stem cells. Once isolated, these stem cells are then injected into degenerative joints or tendons or ligaments or muscles using image guidance to ensure accurate placement. PRP injections are regularly performed during stem cell treatments to promote maximum wound healing and to enhance tissue regeneration capabilities.
There is minimal recovery and essentially no down time following a stem cell and/or PRP treatment.
Our regenerative medicine specialist consults with each patient to customize a treatment plan specific to their needs, wants, and desired treatment results.