Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, LLC
Jimmy M Tamai, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Fairbanks, AK
Thanks to regenerative medicine treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), it’s possible to encourage your body’s natural healing ability without undergoing a time-consuming or complex orthopedic surgery. At Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, LLC in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jimmy Tamai, MD, proudly offers in-office PRP treatments as well as amniotic fluid injections with Juvenate®. To request your PRP appointment, call the office, or click the online scheduling tool today.
PRP Q & A
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a type of regenerative medicine that uses your body’s own growth factors, or platelets, to promote healing. Your blood plasma contains platelets that help your blood clot. They also support cell growth.
By injecting PRP into injured or damaged tissues, Dr. Tamai encourages your body to develop newer, healthier cells. Ultimately, it’s thought this process eases inflammation and promotes circulation.
PRP isn’t FDA-approved, and it's still in the early stages of research. That said, many men and women report an improved quality of life following PRP treatment.
What types of injuries can PRP injections treat?
Dr. Tamai uses PRP to treat a variety of common musculoskeletal problems, including:
- Tendon injuries
- Acute injuries
- Ligament injuries
He also uses PRP following surgery. Before closing an incision, Dr. Tamai might recommend a series of PRP injections to limit swelling and encourage a more speedy recovery.
How do I prepare for PRP treatment?
Preparing for PRP treatment is easy and hassle-free. To determine if you’re a good candidate, Dr. Tamai conducts a physical exam and asks you questions about your symptoms. If necessary, he might also order a diagnostic ultrasound or series of X-rays.
After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Tamai applies a topical numbing solution, such as lidocaine, to the affected joint or tissue. Once the anesthesia sets in, he performs a series of injections. In-office PRP treatment usually takes less than 30 minutes.
Does PRP involve my own blood?
Prior to PRP injections, Dr. Tamai draws a sample of blood from your arm. Afterward, he places it in a machine called a centrifuge that spins around rapidly, separating your platelets from your blood. After preparing the platelet solution, he carefully injects it near the injured or swollen joints or soft tissue.
What is Juvenate®?
Juvenate is similar to PRP. It’s a type of regenerative medicine that involves Dr. Tamai administering a series of amniotic fluid injections into a damaged joint or soft tissue. Once Juvenate enters your bloodstream, it eases inflammation and promotes mobility. The process is quick, painless, and provides long-lasting results.
Does insurance cover PRP?
Health insurance usually doesn’t cover PRP, but Dr. Tamai does offer a significant cash discount to help offset the costs. If you’re concerned about affordability, simply let Dr. Tamai know.
Take the first step and request your PRP consultation with Dr. Tamai at Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, LLC, call the office, or click the online scheduling tool today.