Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma that contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. PRP is a non-surgical and advanced means of providing high doses of the body’s own healing factors directly into a wound or surgical site with an injection.
PRP Therapy is a non-surgical procedure where the animal’s own blood is taken, and then platelets are extracted and injected directly into a wound or surgical site to help promote healing.
How does it work?
Platelets that are found in whole blood contain many healing growth factors and bioactive proteins. These bioactive proteins can initiate tissue healing and assist with inflammation. This treatment is an affordable and natural alternative to drugs and steroids.
What is PRP Therapy commonly used to treat?
PRP therapy is used to treat conditions affecting the bones, skin, muscles, joints, and connective tissues. We may recommend PRP therapy for your pet with:
- Major Wounds
- Sprained or ruptured ligaments
- Damaged tendons
- Spinal problems
- Degenerative joint diseases
- Muscle tears
- Elbow and hip dysplasia
- Dental disease
- Corneal ulcers
- Surgical incisions
How is PRP administered?
PRP is typically administer by injection directly to the area of injury. This includes injecting directly into a joint, tendon, or ligament. For cases involving wound care, the therapy is administered topically, similarly to a wound dressing. Bone marrow aspirate concentrate stem cells are usually administered in combination with PRP for optimal treatment effects.
How long does the procedure take?
The entire procedure can take less than an hour. Depending on the degree of injury and pain, your pet may be given a sedative. This procedure is usually a “same day” procedure, meaning your pet will be able to return home that same day.
Do you think your pet is a candidate?
Please contact us if you think PRP therapy can help your pet, or if you have additional questions at (440) 842-0303. The team at Kentown Animal Hospital are here for your and your pet’s needs.