Platelet Rich Plasma and Wound Care
The Role of PRP in Wound Care
The clinical benefits of PRP in enhancing healing of persistent wounds, especially those resulting from illness rather than trauma, are significant. Pressure and diabetic ulcers are classic examples. Wound healing is a complex and dynamic process. Normally when a wound begins healing the eventual result is complete wound closure. Healing of acute and chronic wounds, though, can be impaired by factors like separate but simultaneous illnesses or infection, combined with a failure of the vascular system to deliver sufficient healing and regrowth agents to the wound site.
Non-healing wounds need outside assistance – beyond normal wound care – to restart the healing process. By delivering agents like cytokines, growth factors, chemokines, and a fibrin scaffold to the wound, platelet rich plasma stimulates wound healing.