If you’re worried about jaw surgery recovery, ask your oral surgeon about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Used in oral and maxillofacial surgery, the treatment works to speed healing. PRP therapy is safe and effective — and it could be the key to making the recovery period after jaw surgery shorter and easier.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP therapy uses your own blood to turbocharge the healing process. The procedure is quite simple and quick.
First, we take a small sample of your blood — about the same amount as for a routine blood test — and place it in a centrifuge. This device spins the sample at a high speed, which works to separate the parts of the blood. When this is complete, we have platelet-rich plasma.
How Can it Provide a Better Jaw Surgery Recovery Experience?
The platelets in our blood are known for aiding clot formation, but research has found platelets rush to the scene to kick-start tissue regeneration and repair.
PRP therapy supersaturates the surgical site with platelets to enhance this natural process. Healing happens at a much faster rate, which means post-surgical pain and swelling doesn’t last as long.
Plus, by speeding up the healing process, PRP therapy reduces the risk of infection after jaw surgery. After all, the faster the surgical site heals, the less of an opportunity there is for an infection to set in.
Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Right for Your Jaw Surgery?
Chances are, you can benefit from PRP therapy. Most people are candidates for the procedure — though if you have a blood clot disorder, your oral surgeon will advise against it.
PRP therapy is safe, as it uses platelets derived from your own blood. There’s no risk of an allergic reaction or adverse effect from the procedure. And since it’s your blood, you don’t have to worry about disease transmission.
Given all the advantages that come with PRP therapy, why would anyone decide not to get the procedure? The only reason we can think of is that it’s not typically covered by insurance. However, the cost is quite reasonable, particularly here at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Not all oral surgeons offer PRP therapy, but Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is proud to bring the groundbreaking treatment option to patients in Indianapolis and the surrounding central Indiana communities. To learn more about how platelet-rich plasma therapy can help with your jaw surgery recovery, contact us today.