Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) is a new advance in Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used since the 1970s in medicine for multiple purposes.
The potential for PRP to promote tissue healing following injury or disease is attractive to many physicians, researchers, and patients alike.
Here is a quick and simple breakdown of the PRP procedure
- With Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, your blood is drawn as if you were taking a blood test.
- We then take that blood to be spun in a centrifuge.
- Blood platelets contain growth and healing factors. When concentrated through simple centrifuging, your blood plasma becomes rich in healing factors, thus the name Platelet Rich Plasma.
- The PRP then is injected into the injured areas of the body, such as the knee, using fluoroscopy to guide the injection so it is placed right where it can do the best work.
- PRP injections are sometimes performed in a series, but many patients only require one injection to see results.
When PRP is injected, it releases its activating factors over a time period of about 6-8 hours.
The advantage of PRFM is that this technology binds the platelets into a gel matrix, and extends the time the platelet-activating factors are released to 6-8 days.
This allows for more prolonged recruitment of local stem cells and fibroblasts, which should produce a more profound effect at the injection site.
Unlike medications or cortisone injections, which suppress or mask the underlying problem, PRP shows the potential to heal.
PRP and PRFM are derived directly from a patient’s own blood.
After the blood is drawn, it is centrifuged, and the platelets are separated. Through a proprietary system, the platelets are prepared and remain in a liquid form for injection for about 15 minutes. Once they reach the tissue, the gel matrix is formed, and the beneficial effects start to occur.
To date, many patients have been treated with PRP injections. Success rates that appear in the published literature and across the web vary considerably. Although measurements and results vary, some are reported at a greater than 90% success rate.
If you are interested in learning more about PRP & PRFM, we can help you find out if it’s the right treatment for you at Eastside Medical Group in Cleveland.
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