Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, holds immense promise for the treatment of injury and disease. PRP typically is injected at an injury site to stimulate the healing response with additional platelets. The hype, which started from the use with professional athletes such as Tiger Woods and Raphael Nadal, has now subsided into peer-reviewed case studies and significant research on valid uses and expected outcomes of treatment. Today, PRP is also a treatment option joint injury, lung inflammation and injury, and even sexual health.
The two basic steps in preparing PRP include an initial “soft” spin in a centrifugal separator to divide out plasma and platelets from red and white cells, followed by a “hard” spin that further concentrates the platelets into platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-poor plasma (PPP) components. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the site of choice. The platelet concentration in the PRP can be 5-10 times richer than usual!
Naturally present in everyone’s blood, platelets release growth factors and other immune system components to start the healing process when a person is injured. This is known as the inflammatory phase of healing. The PRP injection also helps with circulation and increased blood flow, which is another reason why it is so beneficial for increased sexual health.
PRP has been used and proven effective in many conditions such as osteoarthritis of joints, wound care management, facial rejuvenation, such as the famed “Vampire Facelift” and most importantly, sexual dysfunction in both males and females (The “O” Shot and The “P” Shot). In the past, PRP treatment therapies have shown promising results in aiding patients heal more quickly after neurosurgery, dental procedures, cardiothoracic surgery, cosmetic surgery and even Urology when addressing ED