Wednesday, May 23, 2007

PRP Improves Wound Healing

Platelet rich plasma in a paper published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery (Hom et al May/June 2007) has been shown to improve closure rates of skin wounds. Specifically, at day 17 after a skin punch wound, 81% of PRP treated wounds were closed versus 57% of controls. The closure velocities were also faster. (p = 0.001).

This is clear evidence that PRP enhances wound healing. In orthopedics and a variety of other specialties, PRP should be strongly considered when doing procedures that have a potentially high wound complication rate such as achilles tendon repair.

The rate of platelet rich plasma publications has also risen dramatically. This indicates more interest in PRP and now more evidence to support its use.

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