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Regenerative Medicine

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Bellevue Animal Clinic also offers clients in Opelousas, Carencro, Church Point, Eunice, Port Barre, and Breaux Bridge another form of regenerative medicine called PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma.

E.A.S.E. the pain, the All-Natural way

   Effective – platelets provide the body with many healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
   Affordable – a fraction of the cost of similar human procedures.
   Safe – the procedure requires a simple blood draw and utilizes no drugs.
   Efficient – PRP can be added to your pets osteoarthritis treatment plan. It is a same day procedure.

What is platelet rich plasma?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is derived by removing red blood cells from whole blood and isolating platelets. A sample of blood is taken from a patient and then centrifuged. The red blood cells are removed. The left-over concentrate is called PRP which contains platelets and proteins that can then be used to promote healing and treat areas of inflammation in the body.

When would PRP therapy be indicated?

PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that is being used to treat inflammatory conditions. The goal is that by injecting PRP at the site of inflammation, it will promote healing of the affected tissue and reduce inflammation. PRP is most frequently used in management of osteoarthritis, but has also been used for inflammatory conditions affecting ligaments, muscles and tendons. Other uses include promotions of healing in large skin / soft tissue wounds and bone fractures.

How does it work?

Platelets contain alpha granules which carry substances called cytokines or growth factors. This includes growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2), and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-B). These growth factors are the basis of PRP therapy. They help attract other cells to the wounded area such as macrophages which engulf pathogens. These growth factors can also activate cells called fibroblasts and endothelial cells to repair wounded and inflamed tissues.

What are the side effects and risks of PRP therapy?

PRP therapy uses a patient's own blood (autologous), therefore side effects are minimal. Sedation or general anesthesia is required when receiving PRP therapy, as PRP is injected directly into the affected joint or site. Patients may experience mild to moderate pain, irritation, or bleeding at the injection site. Patients may require follow up injections for long term effectiveness.

PUREVET PRP from Ardent Animal Health on Vimeo.