Special Treatments & Procedures
Plasma-Rich-Platelet Injections (PRP)
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Depending on your medical need your foot doctor or physician may recommend a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment. Before you begin your recommended special treatments, it is important that you understand what to expect from the procedure and how PRP works naturally with your body.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated platelets and white blood cells derived from your own blood.
Prior to your procedure, a small sample of blood is drawn. The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that will separate and concentrate your body’s own natural healing agents, in less than 20 minutes. The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then applied to the site. The platelets activate and release growth factors, which helps your body’s natural healing process.
After the application, you may feel mild discomfort at the blood draw and/or injection site(s) depending on the procedure. Please ask our Foot Doctor Dr. Kosak in Scottsdale for post-treatment instructions.
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What conditions can it treat?
How does the PRP process work?
Dr. Kosak will recover a small amount of blood from your arm using a small needle and a specially designed syringe. The blood then goes through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The entire PRP production process is usually done in less than 20 minutes.
What happens after that?
The injected area will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic (Lidocaine). The blood with its PRP will be injected into the area directly or with the aid of ultrasound or x-ray.
What are the risks associated with this treatment?
PRP uses your body’s own natural properties to treat your injury. Side effects utilizing PRP systems are very uncommon.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
While PRP treatments have been around for many years, insurance companies still consider this treatment experimental and deny coverage, despite its use on high school, college, and professional athletes in all sports.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a platelet and cell-enriched product that could be used by your doctor as a surgical or non-surgical therapy to signal your body’s natural healing potential.
How Many Visits Are Required?
The exact number of PRP visits will vary from patient to patient. While some patients may see results after a single PRP visit, multiple visits may be required.
Your physician will recommend a PRP plan specific to your needs.
How Long do the Results Last?
Results can be long-lasting and vary based on your doctor’s recommendation.
Initial improvements could be evident within the first few weeks following your first PRP visit and continue throughout the healing process. Please consult with your physician.