What are platelet growth factors?

Written by: Dr. David Cecilia López
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.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. David Cecilia López
Orthopaedic Surgery

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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