Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
We are now pleased to offer one of the worlds' latest, most innovative and advanced procedures available, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections at The Sandford.
PRP injections are an ideal treatment alternative for Orthopaedic conditions affecting muscles, ligaments and joints that have traditionally required surgery, steroid injections or long physiotherapy.
PRP is harvested from your own blood by using special equipment (centrifuge) - thus utilising your own bodies' healing potential.
If you suffer from:
- Knee Osteoarthritis (knee pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
- Tendinosis: including Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow / Shoulder
- Achilles Tendinosis (following sprains, strains or fractures)
and traditional treatments have failed or you are considering surgery but cannot do so due to the high risk or inability to participate in lengthy rehabilitation - then PRP therapy might be the answer!
Example of its uses
Knee Osteoarthritis (knee pain)
How Does It Work?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma with concentrated platelets (the body’s "repairmen" for damaged tissue). The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the healing process.
The main benefit is that patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. This treatment may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long-term medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function and a much shorter recovery time. A major advantage of this treatment is that no foreign substance is used – we use the patient’s own growth factors from his or her own blood - so there is no risk of any disease transmission or allergic reactions.
The procedure usually takes around 30 minutes. Most of this time is separating the platelet-rich plasma from your blood sample.Download Information Leaflet
The Patient Journey
During your consultation, you will meet our Doctor who will listen to your concerns and assess your condition and suitability for plasma injections.
Our Doctor will talk you through the options available and treatment will be tailored to meet your needs.
The procedure takes around 30 minutes and normally a minimum of 3 sessions will be required.
A follow-up appointment will be arranged after 4 weeks in order to assess your progress and the need for any additional sessions.
Our PRP Expert
[GMC No. 6107438]
MD, FRCA, FCARCSI, EDRA
Dr Stepien’s role is Clinical Lead in sedation, providing it to anxious patients undergoing long procedures such as dental implants. His anaesthesia skills and use of modern drugs and equipment make it a pleasant (or at least not remembered) experience. He is also responsible for educating dentists and dental nurses in sedation techniques, maintenance of equipment and drills - all for the patient’s safety.
Dr Stepien graduated from Pomeranian Medical Academy in Poland in 1999 and has trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Poland, UK and Australia. He was awarded Certificate of Specialist Training by Royal College of Anaesthetists having trained in some of the best known hospitals in London, such as University College, Royal Free, Royal Marsden and Royal London Hospitals. His special interests are acute pain management (after surgical operations), regional anaesthesia and sedation for procedures like gastroscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy.