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Dr. Joye’s experience and early adoption of PRP for spine and disc disease has made him the leading authority on the use of PRP and other orthobiologics in the spine in Charleston.
PRP was originally used in open heart surgery in 1987. Since then it has found uses in oral surgery, cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, urology, ophthalmology, and wound healing.
The procedure involves performing a blood draw from the arm and using a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma. After discarding the red blood cells, the remaining platelet/plasma suspension is spun again in the centrifuge to separate the platelets for injection into the target area on the same day. The procedure is similar to a blood sample you may give your primary doctor for a regular health check-up, but a larger needle has to be used in order not to damage the platelets.
Amniotic / Placental Allografts
Allograft is a special placenta product first used as a surgical wound covering but has now found success in treating joint disease, particularly of the knee, shoulder, and hip, as well as tendonitis injuries such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis.
A Word From Dr. Joye
When choosing a clinic for your injection, Dr. Joye recommends patients follow the following PIVOT guidelines.
Do you know yours?
Ideally, your provider should use a special machine to count the number of platelets in your blood before and after concentrating them.
Less than 10% of all providers have one of these machines, but most experts insist they are necessary to deliver the best outcome for patients.