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.