PRP Best for Tendon Repair

Written by Laura Dyrda | September 22, 2010 | Print  |
Platlet rich plasma could enhance soft-tissue repair, especially for tendons, though it may inhibit bone formation, according to an article published in AAOS Now.

Some physicians use PRP to form growth factors and cytokines during tissue repair. However, because the PRP harvested from each patient is different,the PRP can lead to fibrous connective tissue and scar formation.

Additionally, PRP is not an osteoinductive by itself. Therefore PRP cannot be used as an effective substitute for BMP to augment properties of bone graft. However, several studies show that PRP improves tendon healing and has been commercialized with other biologic solutions.

Read the AAOS Now article on PRP.

Read other coverage on PRP:

- Beyond Traditional Surgery: Options for Knee Surgery With Better Outcomes

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Allan Mishra of California's Total Tendon


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