Dr. Aiello describes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, discusses how long it takes, and shares the success rates of this procedure.
Basically the procedure is very simple. Once the patients agree to have it done I will have my nurse go in and draw the blood. We have two size of kits.
We have a 20 cc kit and a 60 cc kit, not much 60 cc is about two ounces, that’s the larger ones. They dry it out. We then put it in a special container. That’s then put into a centrifuge that’s designed by this company Harvest that we use, and it spins down for 14 minutes.
After that we extract the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), concentrated platelets and then inject that into the ligaments and tendons that we want to. Very simple, it’s an in-office procedure, takes 20-30 minutes.
I would say I probably have 80 to 90 percent of my patients getting better. Some of them will require two or three injections and some only one. And even patients that I would have expected to not maybe an older patient that has had arthritis for a long time and is not very mobile.
I had one gentleman, 85 years old, came to me at the end of summer because he had fallen on his hip and injured his lower back and he was having a lot of trouble. He was having trouble sleeping. He was having trouble rolling over in bed. He was having trouble walking around.
I started out with prolotherapy on him, and after three platelet rich plasma injections his back pain was gone. He was able to sleep in bed without having any pain and able to roll over in bed and he started doing gardening again. I mean that was life-changing, life-changing, it’s huge.
About Dr. Joseph Aiello, D.O.:
Dr. Joseph Aiello, D.O., attended Osteopathic Medical School at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri and completed a Family Practice Residency at Brentwood Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991. Dr. Aiello is licensed in California and board certified in Family Practice by the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners. He acquired additional training in acupuncture in 2001 through the UCLA department of Continuing Medical Education.