PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)

What is PRP?

Our blood is made up of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, 1% platelets and plasma. Platelets are best known for their function of blood-clotting to stop bleeding. Platelets, however, are much more significant than this, as human platelets are also a critical component in injury healing.

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PRP for musculoskeletal conditions

Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, is an autologous blood derivative- it is human blood that is spun down and separated producing a concentration of platelets above normal values. Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they also have great potential in enhancing healing of muscle, tendon, and ligaments. Studies suggest that growth factors released by platelets recruit reparative cells, may augment tissue repair, and accelerate soft tissue healing. 

 

PRP doctors in Melbourne

The Surecell team is made up of the most experienced PRP doctors in Melbourne and across Australia, helping thousands of people overcome pain and loss of function due to musculoskeletal injuries and osteoarthritis. Read more about the benefits reported by our patients here.

What does the process of PRP involve?

  • After assessing you, a nurse will take your blood (like a standard blood test), which will be spun in a centrifuge to isolate the plasma component.

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is activated under a light. Then the PRP is injected directly into the site of injury. The process will take around 45 to one hour.

  • Local anaesthetic is injected 15-20 minutes before or at the same time with PRP injection depending on the injury.

How does PRP work?

The growth factors and platelets in the plasma promote cells to multiply and form new tissue accelerating and enhancing the healing process.

PRP contains a much higher concentration of platelets than normal blood. This means that higher concentrations of growth factors are being released into the injured area.

When compared to cortisone injections, PRP injections hold better results and last much longer. While the effects of cortisone are rapid, they are often followed by a decline in condition. PRP shows slower but greater long-term improvement and less injury recurrence.

What can be treated with PRP?

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries (including tennis or golfer’s elbow)

  • Degenerative knee conditions

  • Bursitis

  • Cosmetic (hair, face)

  • Rotator cuff

  • Gynaecological conditions

 

Preparing for your PRP appointment

Read the pre-treatment information email and watch our videosPlease drink plenty of water and eat healthily prior to treatment. Avoid smoking if possible. For even greater results, visit the hyperbaric chamber facility available at our Malvern PRP Clinic.

After your PRP treatment​

Following the first PRP treatment, you will be provided with exercises and advice specific to your injury/problem area. We suggest undergoing a rehabilitation program designed by one of our exercise physiologists or your regular therapist. This can be organised through any of our clinics.

 

Improvement will be a gradual process over the days to weeks following your treatment.

Treatment frequency

Frequency and number of treatments will depend on how severe the condition is. For chronic joint injuries such as osteoarthritis, we recommend a course of three sessions, one week apart, followed by annual top up sessions.

 

For soft tissue injuries such as tendon tears, treatment involves three injections, two weeks apart. For the treatment of burns or scars, treatment frequency will depend on severity.

Please note

As PRP is taken from your own blood, there are no risks of disease transmission or allergic reactions.

Sometimes PRP may aggravate the inflammatory response, causing a temporary increase in pain and swelling of the injured area. There may also be a local pressure effect from the injection of the fluid. These effects should subside within a few hours to days. If pain is severe, contact the doctor.

Surecell PRP tubes are now available for purchase. 

For further information on our services such as the cost of PRP injections, please read our FAQ below. Alternatively, feel free to contact Surecell Australia at (03) 9822 9996 or email us at info@surecell.com and we will ensure a staff member will assist with your query.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do PRP injections cost?


Each PRP injection starts from $215 for the first joint/area, and $60 for each additional joint. The cost of PRP depends on which doctor you see at our clinic. We recommend booking an initial consultation with us to allow our doctor to access your condition and discuss treatment options in further detail. Consultation can be done over phone/video call or in person.




How many PRP injections will I need?


Frequency and number of treatments will depend on how severe the condition is. For chronic joint injuries such asosteoarthritis, we recommend a course of three sessions, one week apart, followed by annual top up sessions. For soft tissue injuries such astendon tears, treatment involves three injections, two weeks apart. For the treatment of burns or scars, treatment frequency will depend on severity.




Are PRP injections painful?


Local anaesthetic is injected prior to PRP injections. There may be a momentary pressure effect from the injection of the fluid. There is no cause for concern, as our PRP doctors are skilled at mitigating discomfort as much as possible.




Further reading


Short-term outcomes of platelet-rich plasma injection for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee Platelet-Rich Plasma intra-articular knee injections for the treatment of degenerative cartilage lesions and osteoarthritis Clinical Outcome of Photo-Activated Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis Comparison Between Hyaluronic Acid and PRP, Intra-Articular Infiltration in Gonarthrosis Treatment Clinical Outcome of Photo-Activated Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis A Prospective Study Comparing Platelet-Rich Plasma and Local Anesthetic (LA)/Corticosteroid in Intra-Articular Injection for the Treatment of Lumbar Facet Joint Syndrome Are Multiple Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Useful for Treatment of Chronic Patellar Tendinopathy in Athletes: A Prospective Study A New Technique for the Treatment of Lumbar Facet Joint Syndrome Using Intra-articular Injection with Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma A New Technique for the Treatment of LFJ Syndrome Using PRP




Do I need a referral to get PRP?


Patients do not require a referral for PRP.




Is PRP covered by Medicare?


Patients can get a rebate for the initial consultation. However, this rebate does not cover the PRP injections.