Other than soreness, there have been no documented complications from platelet-rich plasma.
Anytime a needle is stuck through the skin there is a risk for excessive bleeding, nerve damage, muscle damage, lung puncture, or infection. However, we use a very clean technique and ultrasound guidance to ensure a safe injection. At the time of your visit, we will discuss other possible risks that pertain to your specific case.
However, complications are rare, and ultrasound guidance is used to ensure safe and proper needle placement.
Because we are injecting your own blood, the treatment is very safe and the amounts used are within manufacturer guidelines.
Because platelet-rich plasma causes inflammation, you will often note some bruising, pain, stiffness, and swelling in the area after receiving the injection. Typically this lasts 1 to 7 days. On rare occasions, it lasts longer. Lasting longer is not necessarily bad, some people just have a more robust inflammatory response. Since the treatment works by inflammation, lingering pain after platelet-rich plasma treatment can be a sign of healing. If the pain is severe after the injection, then call 504-988-8010 or send a portal message and provide us with an update. Platelet-rich plasma should not cause excessive, severe pain. Severe pain after platelet-rich plasma, especially accompanied by a fever, could indicate an infection. If you have a fever or any other concerning signs or symptoms, please call the office or go to the emergency room/urgent care immediately.