Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons is proud to offer Platelet Rich Plasma injections to our patients. The information provided will give a better understanding of what PRP is and answer additional frequently asked questions.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
PRP is obtained by drawing blood, concentrating it in a centrifuge machine, and collecting the concentrated platelets. PRP contains a
variety of growth factors and signaling agents, along with other natural substances that decrease inflammation and help repair damaged
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy?
An injection procedure used to treat injuries or osteoarthritis using the patient’s own blood to rebuild damaged tissue.
How long does the procedure take?
The blood draw takes 5 to 10 minutes, with additional time to concentrate the platelets. PRP is then re-injected into the affected area
of the body on the same day. The injection is typically performed under image guidance, and in most cases the entire process lasts
about 30 to 45 minutes. The most common orthopedic applications are joint pain, chronic tendon and ligament conditions, and other
soft tissue injuries.
How many times will I need to have this injection?
Some patients will only need one injection, some patients may require up to three injections before seeing results.
What are the expected results?
The goal of PRP therapy is pain relief and improved function.
Will I need physical therapy?
Most patients are highly recommended to go to physical therapy starting about 2 weeks after their injection. A specific orchestrated therapy program specifically designed to complement your injection will be described and given to your partnering physical
Will my insurance cover it?
PRP injections are currently not covered by most major medical insurance plans. Injections are currently available on a self-pay basis. Additionally, many patients are able to use their health savings accounts (HSAs) to assist in paying for their treatment.
What are the costs?
PRP injections currently cost $500. Payment is due prior to the injection procedure.
What follow up visits will I need?
You may need one or two follow up visits to check on your recovery. These visits can be billed to insurance.
What are the next steps?
After you schedule your PRP injection, someone from Patient Financial Services will reach out to you to arrange payment. Once that is received you will have your injection then be on your way for healing!