A quick glance of the major differences between PRP and stem cell therapy.
|Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)||Stem Cell Therapy|
|Extraction||Patient’s own blood is extracted||Stem cells are extracted from either the fat tissues around the abdominal region|
|Cell Preparation||Platelets are separated in a centrifuge to concentrate platelets (usually 3-5 times their normal concentration.||Stem cells are placed in a centrifuge to separate the stem cells from other material.|
|Deployment||The platelets are then re-injected into the injured area, releasing growth factors that promote natural tissue healing.||Stem cell therapy is injected into the injured/damaged area of the body, which triggers the cell replacement, natural healing, and pain relief.|
|Recovery Time||With PRP, it takes one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. Done in a medical office, pain is relieved without surgery, general anesthesia and without a prolonged recovery. Symptoms may be reduced by 6-8 weeks.||With stem cell therapy the patient does not have to have any type of surgical procedure, local or general anesthesia or downtime. Most of the patients experience a complete restoration of the damaged/ injured ligaments, tendons, and cartilage within about in 28 days.|
PRP and Stem Cell
Platelets are small cells with a life span of about 7-10 days containing granules that has clotting and growth factors. These growth factors are important in the healing of injuries. PRP is basically plasma with more platelets that is typically found in blood, where the concentration of platelets can be 5 to 10 times greater or richer than usual. To develop a PRP preparation, a patient’s blood must first be drawn and then separated from other blood cells, with a higher concentration obtained via centrifugation, which is then combined with the remaining blood.
Stem cells basically are cells the body uses to substitute damaged or injured cells. Stem cells can divide or self-renew indefinitely, enabling them to generate a range of cell types from the originating organ or even regenerate the entire original organ. A small sample of Adipose tissue (fat) is removed from above the Superior Iliac spine (love handles) or abdomen under a local anesthetic, which is similar to a liposuction procedure.
The Superiority of Stem Cells vs PRP
At StellarCells, our preffered treatment method revolve around the use of Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) a more potent form of Adipose Derived Stem Cell. SVF containes a much greater concentration of stem cells to proliferate and be administered to the treatment site providing quicker renewal and repair response time. It also has a greater concentration of growth and immune factors that are crucial for the initiation of one’s stem cells. Stem cell therapy provides an alternative treatment by taking advantage of stem cell’s healing and anti-inflammatory effects.
Research and clinical studies have shown that Stem Cell is a much better treatment method, especially for joint related pain injuries and is the preferred method among many centres worldwide to treat diseases such as osteoarthritis, providing relief and longer lasting treatment for patients.