Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma

  • Faster hemostasis with less blood loss and need for transfusions following surgical procedures.

  • Reduction in the need for post-operative pain medication.

    Patients treated with platelet-rich plasma require fewer post-operative analgesics, which allows them to recover faster from their procedures.

  • Faster healing of incision sites

    The growth factors in platelet-rich plasma accelerate the healing processes.  Because of this enhanced healing, wounds close more quickly, thereby reducing the risk of infections.  In addition, patients treated with platelet-rich plasma are able to resume normal activities sooner.

  • Reduced risk of infections

    In the process of concentrating the platelets to make platelet-rich plasma, leukocytes are also harvested in increased numbers.  Therefore, when platelet-rich plasma is applied to the wound, a concentrated number of leukocytes are also deposited directly at the wound site, offering an immediate antimicrobial effect right where it is needed the most.   In studies, platelet-rich plasma has been show to have a pronounced antimicrobial effect.

  • Reduced length of stay

    Because patients have less pain and inflammation, they are able to ambulate sooner following surgery.  This allows the patient to proceed more rapidly through the recovery process and leave the hospital sooner.

  • Greater range of motion

    Pooled red blood cells associated with post-operative bleeding contain pro-inflammatory cytokines which cause pain and inflammation.  Utilizing platelet-rich plasma, there is less capillary bleeding and a reduced risk of a hematoma and a concomitant reduction in surgical site pain.

  • Reduced risk of pulmonary complications

    Patients requiring a sternotomy or thorocotomy find post-operative deep breathing and coughing to be difficult and painful.  As a result, they sometimes develop pulmonary complications due to shallow breathing patterns.  The reduction in pain resulting from the use of platelet-rich plasma aids patients in deep breathing and coughing exercises needed to avoid adverse pulmonary issues.