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PRP therapy is a low-risk form of regenerative medicine that is beneficial in treating injuries, chronic conditions and promotes healing.
How does it work?
Platelet rich plasma is obtained when red blood cells are removed from whole blood and isolating platelets. In order to gain access to platelet rich plasma, a blood sample is first taken from the patient. It is then placed in a centrifuge which is specially designed to separate the blood platelets. The PRP contains a concentrate of platelets and proteins that remain after the red blood cells are removed and disposed of. It can now be utilized in PRP therapy by injecting it into the affected site to further advance healing and reduce inflammation.
Are there side effects?
In order to administer the PRP therapy, sedation will be required as it is injected into the affected site or joint of the patient. The side effects are minimal and are closely related more to the blood draw for the sample. It can potentially include bleeding, irritation, soreness or bruising at the injection site. The other risks may be associated with sedation and anesthesia depending on the age and past medical history of the patient and can be discussed with the veterinarian if there are any concerns.