What is autohemotherapy?
In our practice, we draw blood from you and obtain thrombocytes (blood platelets) from it. The result is a concentrate called PRP (platelet-rich plasma). It is also synonymously called ACP (Autologous Conditioned Plasma). These platelets contain growth and healing factors and support the natural healing process.
Where can autohemotherapy be used?
- tennis elbow
- achillodynia (chronic irritation and pain of the Achilles tendon)
- muscle fiber tear
- heel spurs
- after joint endoscopy with cartilage holes, etc.
- after shoulder/knee arthroscopies with persistent irritants
How does a treatment work?
First, approximately 15 ml of blood will be taken from you. The blood is then centrifuged for 10 minutes. In the process, the blood separates into its components. Part of this is PRP (platelet-rich plasma).
The affected area is given local anesthesia and then the PRP is injected into the area. The growth and healing factors are then released in the body.
In total, the therapy consists of two to three sessions during which the PRP is injected into the joint.
How much does autohemotherapy cost?
For patients with statutory insurance, the costs are not covered by health insurance. We recommend that private patients obtain a cost confirmation from their health insurance company before treatment.
11. How is the recovery process going?
This question is very individual and cannot be answered in general terms. It depends on the individual case and in particular on the type of surgical procedure. In any case, it will take several weeks before you can walk again without crutches after knee surgery, until you can fully exercise your knee again, usually up to six months, in some cases even 12 months.
In the case of a cartilage cell transplant, for example, the knee is usually able to regain normal strength only one year after the operation. The recovery process for cruciate ligament ruptures also takes a very long time; a full load may take place after six months at the earliest. This is more difficult to assess during meniscus surgery. The healing process can take from one week to six weeks. Whatever knee surgery you have, it is very important that physiotherapy starts immediately after the operation and that the recovery process is well supervised by professionals. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up tests. They contribute to the fact that
Whatever knee surgery you have, it is very important that physiotherapy starts immediately after the operation and that the recovery process is well supervised by professionals. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up tests. They help make the operation worthwhile for you and hopefully you can move (almost) pain-free again.