What are platelet growth factors?

Written by: Dr. David Cecilia López
Published: | Updated: 17/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

T he platelet growth factors are proteins from plasma and platelets that promote patient's own tissue development.

Platelets are blood cells responsible for the coagulation of blood. These cells contain so-called growth factors or markers Agents. There is talk of rich plasma because the number of platelets has increased several times, through processes of concentration.


How rich plasma is obtained in signaling agents?

red white platelets This procedure should be performed in conditions of maximum sterility and with all the guarantees. The preparation time is between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the method used, the platelet concentrate is achieved between 2 and 10 times the basal blood level. Extract 20-40 ml. venous blood is anticoagulated and centrifuged to separate the components by special devices. The concentrated plasma is activated for immediate use with very fine needles either subcutaneous, intradermal or intra-articularly.


Applications of platelet growth factors

The use of plasma rich in signaling agents is considered a revolution among the most advanced and innovative therapies in healing and tissue regeneration. It is used in many areas of medicine, but in the Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery emphasizes its use in the following processes of tissue regeneration:

  • Arthrosis and arthritis.
  • Cartilage injuries
  • chondromalacia
  • Tendon injuries
  • muscle injuries
  • ligament injuries
  • Fracture healing ("callus")
  • Treatment of ulcers.


Results of platelet growth factors

In general, one can say that the results are very good when the indication is correct. This requires a specialist in traumatology make an individual assessment of each case in consultation and explain to the patient the alternatives and possibilities.

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By Dr. David Cecilia López
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. David Cecilia is a prominent traumatologist. His more than 15 years of experience have allowed him to specialize in upper limb surgery, traumatic sequelae surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopic surgery, prosthetic surgery and biological therapies. Currently, he is responsible for the Hand and Elbow Unit of Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, he is Team Leader for Mutuality of Football Players of the Madrid Football Federation and he carries out his private activity in La Milagrosa Hospital, dealing with pathology and diseases that affect the hand, wrist and elbow. The doctor combines his professional activity with teaching, practicing as professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology at the Faculty of Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid. The service offered by the doctor is based on professional excellence, individualized treatment, research and technical innovation, always incorporating the latest scientific advances. Dr. Cecilia has made more than 100 contributions to national and international conferences, more than 30 national and international publications and has been a professor in more than 50 refresher courses in the specialty.

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