The use of PRP may reduce the failure rate of rotator cuff surgery?

Because rotator cuff tears have a fairly high failure rate (most studies suggesting a 20% failure rate) due to impaired biological healing at the repair site, surgeons are looking for ways to improve the environment at the repair site. PRP has been shown to create inflammation, the first phase of healing,  at the site of injury and is believed to jump start the healing process.  A single injection performed at the time of the rotator cuff surgery may decrease the risk of rotator cuff failure and improve the quality of the tissue at the repair site.   The PRP is harvested from one of your veins much like a blood draw and then spun in a centrifuge to isolate a high concentration of the platelet cells which are then injected into the tendon and the repair site.

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