Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, PRP Therapy, Stem Cell …

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May 10 2015

For many orthopedic injuries and conditions, Dr. Alan Lazar utilizes an alternative in-office treatment known as Regenerative Injection Therapy using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections with stem cells from fat. Currently, Dr. Lazar is one of only several physicians in the United States who is performing in-office mini liposuction usually in the abdomen to extract stem cells from fat.This fat graft is an excellent source of stem cells. Dr. Lazar combines these stem cells with blood platelets to create a PRP injection.

For more information about Platelet Regeneration Therapy in Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, please call 954-476-9494 or request an appointment online at Alan M. Lazar, MD, FACS.

Regenerative Injection Therapy is a new non-operative treatment that enhances surgical repair and provides an option for orthopedic conditions that have traditionally required surgery or other extensive procedures. Using the patients own blood, similar to a lab test, the blood is placed in a special machine that spins the blood at high speeds, which separates the platelets from the other blood components.The platelets are then concentrated and re-injected into the injured area or arthritic joint. In turn, the platelets release substances known as growth factors that lead to improved natural tissue healing.

Platelets initiate repair and attract the assistance of stem cells. Regenerative injection therapy works by releasing the growth factors in an injured site or arthritic joint. The injected platelets release the growth factors and facilitate the process of regeneration and remodeling of the damaged area. This process is known as the healing process.

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Platelets are tiny cells that are critical to healing. They are the bodys primary source of bioactive tissue growth factors. The platelets contain thousands of growth factors, which include:

Together, these compounds control and regulate your natural healing process in response to injury and degenerative changes. By concentrating these growth factors and injecting them at the site of injury, a robust healing response is achieved.

Sometimes, a fibrin matrix is used with PRP to bridge the gap of a severely injured ligament or tendon. This provides scaffolding for new collagen to form along the damaged ligaments or tendons. This process allows even a severely damaged tissue to heal.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) also attracts Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are multi-potent stem cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types during tissue repair processes. Cell types that MSCs have been shown to differentiate into include collagen secreting cells, bone forming osteoblasts and cartilage forming chondrocytes. Together these cells have the potential of rejuvenating tissues damaged by injury, degenerative changes, and osteoarthritis.

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