Platelet Rich Plasma & Autologous Conditioned Plasma (PRP/ACP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP)

It is becoming increasing more common to hear about PRP/ACP used in human orthopedic and dental surgery.  The very 1st step in the healing process begins at the time of injury when platelets begin to gather at the site of injury and release proteins called growth factors.  PRP/ACP is the process of concentrating a patient’s own platelets and growth factors and injecting them into a specific site to optimize healing.

The Process

  • 9 mls of your pet’s own blood collects into a specialized syringe by a surgery technician
  • The syringe processing occurs in a specialized centrifuge that separates plasma from red blood cells
  • The plasma (containing the platelets/growth factors) is separated off
  • The injury site shaved and prepared with a sterile technique
  • Some pets may receive a local anesthetic
  • The surgeon injects the PRP/ACP into the injury site
  • Patients can receive PRP/ACP injections on an out-patient basis, the entire process takes less than 30 minutes

Uses for PRP/ACP

  • Tears of tendons in knees, shoulders, and elbows
  • Inflammation in joints
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fracture repair
  • Joint replacements
  • Joint fusions
  • Wound therapy

Risks/Adverse Effects

PRP/ACP uses the patient’s own blood and natural healing properties so it is extremely safe.  The most common side effect is infection at the injection site, usually caused by licking, though this can happen, it is rare.

Please review the Arthrex Client Handout for more information

Arthrex Client Handout VLP1-0015-EN_B-ACP-Client-Guide-To-Natural-Healing