Archive December 2010 XI, No. 12

2 Hot Trends in Arthroscopy

What's behind the increasing popularity of platelet-rich plasma therapy and anatomic ACL reconstruction?

Irene Tsikitas, Associate Editor

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Platelet-rich plasma therapy is all the rage for the treatment of such sports-related injuries as torn tendons, muscles and ligaments. The technique involves drawing blood from the patient and putting it into a centrifuge that spins off the red and white blood cells, leaving only the platelet-rich plasma. The plasma is turned into a putty or gel and re-injected into the patient around the surgical site at the end of the procedure, while still in the OR. As a pre-surgical treatment for injuries, the plasma doesn't need to be turned into a putty; it's injected directly back into the site of the injury. In both applications, the theory behind the treatment is that the concentrated platelets will stimulate an inflammatory response that can enhance and speed the healing process.

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