It is becoming more common to hear about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Autologus Conditioned Plasma (ACP) therapies being used in veterinary medicine. 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.
- 9 mls of your pet’s blood is collected 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
- Fracture repair
- Joint replacements
- Joint fusions
- Wound therapy
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 very rare.