Doctors find new treatment to keep people active after injury - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/27/09

Doctors find new treatment to keep people active after injury

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The human body is truly amazing when it comes to healing itself from many health problems.  Sometimes, a patient's own fluids may provide the answer.  Some orthopedic surgeon's are using a treatment called "platelet-rich plasma therapy," involving the extraction and injection of a person's own serum into an injured area, to keep kids like Colby active after an injury.

"Draw the blood, spin it down, we separate the clotted red cells and white blood cells from the serum, which is the yellowish fluid," said Dr. David Drez, and orthopedic surgeon.  "That's put into a syringe and injected into the area of where the inflammation exists and it has various growth factors in it that accelerate or kick-start the healing process."

The procedure takes about 15-minutes to get a person's blood separated to what will and will not be used, kind of like separating oil and water and the platelet-rich plasma separates in a solid layer above the red blood cells.

Dr. Drez says injecting the serum back into the patient is extremely safe because the magic is in the patient's own blood.  The only side effect noted at this time is discomfort for 24-48 hours at the site of the injection.

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