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Offline amoler

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PRP - worth the $?
« on: January 25, 2011, 06:08:24 PM »
I'm looking for opinons on PRP. I have a possible/probable meniscus tear in addtion to my chondro/ arthritis issues. The MRI results are kind of iffy. (Lots of compound old damage) I went with arthroscopy 20 yrs ago to fix a previous tear. It was a fairly pathetic failure, so I'm not in a hurry to revisit that scenario. Any PRP recipients out there that would like to offer commentary on throwing my money in that direction? Seems to me that stats and journal articles are supporting the idea that PRP is better that arthroscopy and HA injections.
'77- Rt knee menicus tear
'90 -2nd menscus tear
'91 -failed arthroscopy/partial menisectomy
patella dislocation 10/ 2010
Dx = grade 4 chondromalacia + synovitis + Meniscus tear + lax strained medial ligaments
Fall down the stairs 7/20/11 - mcl sprain + 2 meniscus tears

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Re: PRP - worth the $?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011, 04:25:27 PM »
All....I joined this forum so that I could share my experience with PRP injection. I have a torn rotator cuff (50%) from a fall. I have acute bursistis and 25% impingement in my left shoulder. My doctor recommended a PRP injection. They indicated it would feel like you were kicked by a horse but I would be able to drive afterward. Because they gave so spariing of details I went looking for information on the web. This site was the only one that gave me a glimpse into what I was really facing.
SO....I made it through the PRP injection...barely. If I knew then what I know now....not so sure I would have shown up!!! They first drew blood...my boyfriend had to help the nurse because she couldn't hold the butterfly needle and pull on the syringe. Once that was done they put it in the "spinner" for 15 minutes. The doctor came in a gave me a lidocaine shot in the shoulder using ultra sound to guide it to the tear area. The lidocaine shot wasn't so bad...until the end of the shot it felt like a bad dentist shot when they hit a nerve. Once the plasma was gathered, it was then injected into my shoulder. Both the lidocaine and plasma was guided by ultrasound. My boyfriend said on the ultra sound it looked like a front coming in on the weather map! Almost to the end of the plamsa injection is when the pain started...the doctor finished and said to move it around a little. Then the really bad pain started.....I have never felt anything like it before. Thought I was going to puke...it felt like someone was pressing on the worse bruise you have ever had and my shoulder was going to explode. This lasted about 15 to 20 minutes. I was so thankful someone was in the room with me...boyfriend fanned me with his crossword and counted down the minutes. The entire procedure took less than an hour. On Thursday my shoulder feels worse than it was before I went in...but they say this is a sign of healing. We will know in five weeks if I need surgery or if this will work. They told me it would feel like I got kicked by a horse...well I've been kicked and stepped on by a horse...and it wasn't even close.
 
For those of you thinking about this procedure...make sure you get pain med for the first 48 hours after the injection. The ride home was very painful as I felt every bump in the road. I could not move my arm for a good 24 hours. Make sure you are prepared for that first 15 to 20 minutes. I can't tell you HOW PAINFUL it is so please be prepared. It is now five days after and I have made great improvement. I started PT (rubber band) two days ago...while painful I can see the progress I am making each day.........this is progress back to the pain I had prior to the injection...but still progress. I have high hopes this will resolve my issues without surgery....if so it will be worth the pain.
 
They told me I would be able to drive home....but I am very glad I had someone with me so I didn't have to. I did not attempt to drive until 48 hours later. It was still very painful to turn the wheel even then.
 
I also have starge 4b chrondomalacia in my left knee. The doctor has recommended Euflexxa injections for that issue...not prp. I have my first euflexxa injection in two days. 


Good Luck to everyone.


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Re: PRP - worth the $?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011, 02:40:27 PM »
Wow Roset... That doesn't match up with what an acquaintance told me about having her hip done. She implied discomfort and really achey but not horrendous. I wonder if it depends on the Doc and how much they inject? And lidocaine is an absolute no-no for me (Anaphylactically allergic) I will probably be assembling a list of q's for the dr I'm supposed to see at the end of the month to discuss PRP with.
'77- Rt knee menicus tear
'90 -2nd menscus tear
'91 -failed arthroscopy/partial menisectomy
patella dislocation 10/ 2010
Dx = grade 4 chondromalacia + synovitis + Meniscus tear + lax strained medial ligaments
Fall down the stairs 7/20/11 - mcl sprain + 2 meniscus tears















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