7.11.2018

Self-blood plasma therapy: "PRP" - the gentle revolution in orthopedics and trauma surgery

How body's own substances repair cartilage damage in joints?

The doctors of the Bad Abbach Orthopedic University Clinic increasingly rely on the self-healing powers of the body in the treatment of joint wear and tear. Thus, plasma can be treated effectively with natural blood, the so-called PRP therapy, arthrosis naturally. "This allows you to avoid or at least significantly delay the use of artificial joints in suitable patients," says Professor Dr. med. Joachim Grifka, director of the clinic at the gates of Regensburg. "Even in diseases of the tendons, the use of the body's own plasma can significantly improve the healing process," says the clinic director.

On trend: body's own healing powers instead of artificial joint replacement

Painful inflammatory processes due to exercise overload can also relieve plasma therapy, such as tendon irritation, tendinitis, e.g. in the area of ​​the shoulder, on the Achilles tendon and the consequences of a "tennis" or "golfer's arm".

In orthopedics, a number of studies have confirmed the superiority of blood plasma treatment in osteoarthritis compared to other substances, say the physicians in Bad Abbach. "The overall trend in orthopedics clearly goes towards less foreign and more use of more of the body's own materials, such as in the treatment of worn joints," said Professor. Grifka.

This is how the PRP therapy works: If the blood is centrifuged, the heavy blood components settle on the floor. The remaining aqueous bright blood plasma contains platelets (blood platelets) and growth factors, ie the components which are e.g. even with a skin injury, the key to healing.

What happens with the PRP treatment in the joints?

"With our know-how in computer-assisted navigation, we are the international leader here in Bad Abbach for the exact use of joint prostheses. The same applies to the muscle-sparing, minimally invasive surgical techniques for artificial joints on the knee and hip, which we also developed, "says Professor Grifka. "But an artificial joint is only the last solution if you can no longer maintain a joint."

The Head of the Orthopedic University Hospital, one of the leading experts in the treatment of joint diseases in Germany, therefore uses the innovative autologous blood plasma treatment whenever possible. With her - assuming a stable musculature of the patient - can achieve great success.

Professor Grifka and his team have been using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy since 2014 for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. The experience in Bad Abbach also confirms the success of the therapy: "The first patients with marked arthritic changes are still able to cope with the prosthesis today, ie four years after the treatment," reports Professor Grifka.

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