I posted a question on facebook asking for feedback on anyone's PRP experience. I had several people "follow" the post so they could learn more. I figured there was an opportunity for me to share my experience so others could learn from my experience in this emerging treatment option. This is my experience...
Day 1. Injection day. (Site: right knee, arthritis)
Procedure took about 30 minutes...I really wasn’t timing the whole deal, I was too fascinated listening to Dr. Anderson teaching his new staff (yes, they asked and I gave permission). They drew blood from my arm and placed the blood sample in a centrifuge which was right in the treatment room. It appeared the system they used was a closed system, meaning no breaks from the time the blood was drawn until it was ready to inject in my knee.
After the centrifuge finished, Dr. A drew up the PRP into the syringe which would then be injected into my knee. He said he got about 6mls which was the max he would inject.
He then palpated my knee for the appropriate injection site, sprayed it with some freezing spray and then inserted the needle into my knee joint and injected the PRP. I was anticipating much pain and pressure due to the amount of fluid being injected but was pleasantly surprised (and relieved!). There is a moment of pain/pressure when the needle enters the joint itself, but it was brief. I did not feel any pressure from the fluid. He warned me that it might be sore and mildly painful for a few days. Rest, ice, Tylenol are all I should need.
Scheduled my next appt (this is a series of 3 injections) and I went to work for the day. In the first few hours after the injection, my knee felt stiff as if it was swollen, but was not particularly painful. As the day went on, it felt less stiff but the soreness was setting in.
When I got home, I elevated it, took some Tylenol and iced the knee for about 30 min. Pain was at about a 4 out of 10 level. I just couldn’t get position-ally comfortable; I was feeling more pressure at the "inside" edge of my knee.
Writing this now, 1.5-2 hours after the icing and Tylenol, pain is at a 1. It’s there but is more of an
ache...and is not constant. I'm much more comfortable.
Pictures below are my knee today. Video is Dr. Anderson at TOA explaining the procedure. (I am not the patient in the video)