PRP

Marc P Pietropaoli, M.D. -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Marc P Pietropaoli, M.D.

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist serving the areas of Skaneateles, Syracuse & Auburn NY

Soft tissue injuries, joint pain, and sports injuries can benefit from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) solutions to speed up your recovery process. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Marc Pietropaoli, MD, offers PRP along with stem cell therapy, joint injections, and comprehensive orthopedic care for complete treatment under one roof. Located in Skaneateles, New York, the office offers unique and personalized care using the best equipment and evidence-based techniques available for your convenience. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine visit, call or book online today.

PRP

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

PRP is a solution made with your own blood platelets that is injected into injured soft tissues or joints to restart, jump start and speed up the healing process. It's a type of regenerative medicine that can be used on its own or along with other injections or procedures, like knee arthroscopy or rotator cuff repair.

Dr. Pietropaoli often combines PRP with stem cell therapy, including bone marrow concentrate products, to further support your healing and speed up your recovery.

How does PRP work?

PRP contains blood platelets, fluids, and proteins/growth factors that support tissue repair and growth. When PRP is injected into an injured tissue, it stimulates cellular signaling to initiate tissue repair.

In injured tissues, the presence of inflammatory chemicals and swelling can prevent normal tissue repair, leading to chronic pain. With PRP, your natural healing response is supported so you can recover more quickly than you can by rest alone.

What conditions can benefit from PRP?

PRP is safe to use for a variety of conditions, like:

  • Sports injuries
  • Golfer’s and tennis elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis


To determine if PRP is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pietropaoli. During your consultation, he and his team perform a comprehensive medical history and physical exam to understand the location of your pain and the cause, if known, of your injury.

Dr. Pietropaoli and his team may recommend X-rays or an MRI, which can be performed in the office for your convenience, to determine your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. 

Based on his findings, your diagnosis is explained and treatment options, including whether PRP is appropriate for you.

What should I expect when getting a PRP injection?

PRP injections involve a three-step process. When you arrive for your injection, Dr. Pietropaoli’s nurse takes a small sample of blood from your arm. Next,the nurse processes your blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from your other blood cells.

The Platelets are separated out into a syringe. Once you’re ready, he injects the solution into the injured tissues, which takes less than 5-10 minutes for the injection itself.

During the blood draw and injection, you might feel a pinch or pricking sensation as the needle punctures your skin. There will be some expected soreness at the injection site for the first 24-72 hours indicating the healing process has started/restarted.

To set up an in-person or telemedicine consultation to determine if PRP is right for you, call or schedule through the online booking tool now.