Blood is mainly composed of plasma. It also contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are important for blood clotting, but they also contain proteins called growth factors that play a big part in the healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma
What it is:
Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as autologous conditioned plasma, is plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets, and therefore a high concentration of growth factors. The high concentration of growth factors in PRP help speed up the healing process.
Draw whole blood from patient → centrifuge to separate PRP from platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells → decant PRP layer → mix the PRP with bone graft → place hydrated bone graft in surgical site.
Accelerates the healing process
Platelet Rich Fibrin
What it is:
Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF), also known as leucocyte- and platelet- rich fibrin (PRF). Contains autologous platelets (containing growth factors) and leucocytes that form a complex fibrin matrix that accelerates healing of soft and hard tissue.
Draw whole blood from patient → centrifuge separating PRF from acellular plasma and red blood cells → let sit until fibrin clots → remove it from the tube and place in PRF box to form it into a membrane → suture membrane to cover surgical site.
Accelerates healing of soft and hard tissuePRP/PRF Blood Draw Consent Form