Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Platelet Rich Plasma helps Treat Achilles Tendons

The published and presented data supporting the use of buffered platelet rich plasma continues to grow. PRP has now been shown in a small study to help treat chronic achilles tendonitis (tendinosis).

AM (Total Tendon, ApexPRP)

Guelfi et al recently presented a series of 16 cases of non-insertional achilles tendonitis at a recent meeting in Brazil. They used unactivated, buffered platelet rich plasma prepared using the Biomet Recover System, also known as the GPS. Significant improvement was found in all 16 of their patients via imaging. They also reported the patients returning to sports at six months with a high degree of satisfaction.

MRI Prior to PRP

4 months after PRP
"International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies", , Third Triennial Scientific Meeting, Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil September 18-20, 2008. (The case shown is from AM)

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