Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can change your patients’ lives in a matter of weeks. But to maximize outcome, you need to give PRP a chance to do what it does best.
That’s why we recommend patients follow certain instructions after their procedures. Below you’ll find our general post-procedure guidelines, which can be tailored to the specific treatment plan for each of your patients.
PRP promotes healing by delivering a high concentration of growth factors to damaged tissues. It can also augment the natural healing process via mitogenesis. To do so, platelets need to be activated, a process that begins with the binding of agonists to platelet G-protein-coupled receptors or immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif complexes.1 This process leads to the release of growth factors through platelet degranulation.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are thought to block this release of growth factors. Specifically, NSAIDs impair the binding of thromboxane-A2 that allows for platelet activation.2 In other words, NSAIDs can block the healing ability of PRP.
This is why many NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory drugs should be suspended prior to PRP therapy. However, patients may continue COX-2-selective NSAIDs and statins since they don’t affect platelet aggregation.3
Patients should be advised on a case-by-case basis for pre- and post-procedure instructions. In general, Dr. PRP recommends avoiding NSAIDs for at least 5 days before and up to 12 weeks after a PRP procedure.
PRP requires extensive preparation and the right equipment. While patients may be tempted to treat themselves with PRP at home, please advise them not to do so. Only trained medical professionals know the PRP concentration required for a specific condition and how to properly administer the PRP treatment.
Even with the right equipment, self-treating with a PRP injection can be dangerous. Patients may suffer nerve injuries, infections, vision loss, and even death.
Results may vary from patient to patient, but clinical studies have shown that the benefits of PRP therapy can last up to 9 months. Some studies have shown results lasting 12 months or longer. Naturally, more severe or complex conditions may decrease the duration. PRP’s efficacy can also be affected by the patient’s overall health – the healthier the patient, the better the results. Lastly, the body’s response to PRP treatment can affect its efficacy.
As a healthcare professional, you know all too well that a patient’s compliance with post-procedure instructions can make a huge difference in their clinical outcome.
At Dr. PRP, we couldn’t agree more. But the truth is that following instructions to the T won’t matter much if the PRP quality is poor in the first place.
Dr. PRP kits are designed to deliver high quality PRP every time. Because Dr. PRP kits have clear chambers, you can be much more precise in producing the PRP you want for your patients.
Check out our kits and centrifuges, and discover why so many of your colleagues are choosing Dr. PRP over our competitors. You can also call us at (844) 377-7787 (DR-PRP-US) and we’d be happy to answer your questions.