PRP can be injected into many areas of the body such as the joints and ligaments. Many people have tried conservative methods of treatments by means of physical therapy, medications, other types of injections, and even surgery. Factors of whether the injury is acute (such as a fall) or chronic (an injury developing over time) is a key feature. This procedure is performed in office and is non-invasive. Qualified medical staff members draw blood into a sterile syringe, and then place the blood into a centrifuge. This machine spins the blood for about 5-6 minutes, which separates the red blood cells from the enriched plasma. Once the machine is finished spinning, the plasma can be pulled into another syringe injected into the patient by Dr. Bagwe. This plasma has an increased concentration of growth factors that stimulate the healing process with up to 10 times the normal concentration of platelets to your injury. These growth factors play an important role in signaling the body to heal itself through clotting, controlling inflammation, building, and healing the soft tissues.
Drinking a lot of fluids will help with the blood draw process. To help, in the day prior to your injection, drink your weight divided in half in ounces. For example: 250 lbs. ÷ 2 = 125 ounces. This will better the outcome of your PRP injection.
Unless told by your physician, do not take NSAIDs or blood thinners at least 5-7 days prior to your PRP appointment. This includes: Ibuprofen, Aleve, Aspirin, Arthritis medication. If there are any other medications you are taking and are unsure about, please call our office and ask.
How much does the PRP injection cost? Insurance companies DO NOT cover the PRP treatment. They will only cover the actual injection itself, not the process. This injection is cash pay only. ***This fee must be paid in full before the injection can be performed***
You do not need a driver after your PRP injection unless you deem it necessary.
This procedure can be repeated more than once depending upon the treatment plan as discussed between you and your physician.
Results can take up to 4-6 weeks to see a difference.
Physical therapy and bracing may be a benefit to help the process in healing.
Dr. Mahesh Bagwe, a physician at The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in foot and ankle reconstruction. He also serves as a team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dr. Bagwe’s primary area of interest is lower extremity disorders. His specialties include: Foot and Ankle Surgery; Arthroscopic Surgery; Cartilage Repairs; Ankle Joint Replacements; Foot & Ankle Injections; Reconstructive Surgery; General Orthopedic Surgery; Sports Medicine; and Knee Surgery. He has been widely recognized and sought after for his innovative procedures that help patients regain their mobility.
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Dr. Bagwe is an Orthopedic Surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri | As a world class lower extremity specialist Dr. Bagwe treats disorders of the knee, foot and ankle which cause acute or chronic pain. With several locations in the St. Louis metro area, we offer solutions for Arthritis, Sprains and strains, Bursitis and tendonitis, Fractures, sports related injuries, work related injuries, stress fracture, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Knee ligament tear (ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL), Meniscal (cartilage) tear, Heel spurs, Plantar fasciitis, Shin splints, Hammer toe and other toe disorders, Achilles tendon problems, Bunions, and more.