Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Platelet-rich Plasma Update from Toronto, ISAKOS 2013

The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) is a gathering of several thousand professionals that is presently taking place in Toronto, Canada.  Today, a platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Instructional Course Lecture was offered to over 100 participants.  Lectures about how to use or not use PRP were given by Dr. Rogerio Silva, Dr. Allan Mishra, Dr. Nicola Maffuli and Dr. Steven Arnoczky.  At least ten other PRP lectures were given at the conference including Dr. Mandeep Dhillion from India presenting his excellent study showing the value of PRP for knee osteoarthritis.  Basic science papers by Dr. Joon Lee et al from Korea also showed a chondro-protective effect of PRP after acute ACL tears.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the dramatic rise in PRP related presentations and papers.  Overall, it is clear that there is increasing worldwide interest in this point-of-care, blood-derived bioactive treatment.  As the data matures we will better understand how to use PRP to help care for patients.  Presently, there is excellent level one support for its use in chronic tennis elbow.


Monday, May 06, 2013

Platelet Rich Plasma Update, JBJS Webinar

Worldwide interest in Platelet-Rich Plasma is increasing significantly.  471 new publications have appeared on PubMed about platelet-rich plasma in just the last year, making it quite challenging to keep up with the published literature.  There has also been a dramatic rise in Google "hits" for PRP to over 1.3 million.  (See the graphs below)   New data recently accepted for publication to the American Journal of Sports Medicine confirms the value of PRP in the treatment of chronic tennis elbow.  See American College of Surgeons Report on the paper.

Tonight the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery will be holding a webinar on the topic.  Over 1000 professionals have already signed up for the event.  This is totally unprecedented for a major, elite journal to sponsor a discussion on a single specific biologic orthopedic topic.  Follow Dr. Mishra:  @BloodCure for real time updates about tonight's webinar.

Or, consider joining the Biologic Orthopedic Society Group on LinkedIN to participate in a discussion about the webinar and other biologic orthopedic topics.

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