Using Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for High Risk Rotator Cuff Repairs

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Posted: Mar 6, 2012 | by admin | 0 Comment

shoulder pain, shoulder injury, shoulder surgery, back pain, neck pain, swimming, orthopaedic specialists, Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, Hampton RoadsPatients who undergo rotator cuff repairs have a high risk of retears in the following years. Overtime, orthopaedic surgeons have made technological and surgical advances that reduce the risk of re-injury. Better rehabilitation has also helped to decrease the number of recurring injuries.

Some patients have asked about using a “biologic aid,” like platelet rich plasma (PRP),  to improve healing.

According to a recent article in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, a new study shows that the use of PRP failed to help improve re-tear rates and, in fact, suggested a slightly increase risk in infection rates. Given these findings the routine use of PRP among a high risk retear population is not recommended.

Reference: The American Journal of Sports Medicine Vol. 40 No. 2, 2012.

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Dr. Ernesto Luciano-Perez is a Hampton Roads physician who specializes in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery and General Orthopaedics. He received his board certification in 1993 from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Luciano-Perez’s affiliations and memberships include Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Medical Association, Virginia Orthopaedic Society and Southern Orthopaedic Association.

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