PRP is prepared by drawing a small amount of blood from the patient and then subjecting it to centrifugation which sediments the platelets.
Online PR News – 24-May-2010 – – PRP is prepared by drawing a small amount of blood from the patient and then subjecting it to centrifugation which sediments the platelets. To get enough platelets from autologous blood, the device must use a double centrifugation technique. The first spin (called the hard spin) separates the red blood cells from the plasma, which contains the platelets, the white blood cells, and the clotting factors. The second spin (called the soft spin) finely separates the platelets and white blood cells, together with a few red blood cells from the plasma. This soft spin produces the PRP and separates it from the Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP). The plasma produced with a single spin would not yield true PRP; instead, it would produce a mixture of PRP and PPP and would have low platelet counts. Regardless of the rate of centrifugation or the time of centrifugation, a single spin cannot adequately concentrate platelets because the red blood cells will interfere with the fine separation of the platelets.
The US PRP market was valued at $45m in 2009 and is forecast to reach $126m in 2016 growing at a CAGR of 14% during 2009 to 2016. The increasing use of PRP therapy in sports medicine and its application in areas such as dentistry and heart surgery is expected to drive the growth in the market. The PRP treatment procedure costs about $1,500 - $2,000. Most people undergoing this treatment need three to six doses of injections. The risks and side effects do not vary with the number of treatments so a person may have as many as required.s
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