Treating Hand Arthritis and Trigger Finger with PRP

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Dr. Pitts discusses how we treat hand arthritis and trigger finger through precise injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and our 4th generation platelet lysate. Enjoy!

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  1. Karen Lightfoot

    Hi. I am set to have basilar thumb arthritis surgery on 1 September, 2016. I keep thinking that there are other treatment options besides the tendon stuffing surgery and the slip knot tie. I was wondering if the doctor could just nibble off some osteophytes and inject PRP?!. I am an RNFA with 23 years in the O.R., so you can talk to me intelligently. Please get back to me ASAP, as I want to inform my hand surgeon of this option, if it is in fact a viable one. Thank you.
    Karen Lightfoot, BSN, RNFA, CNOR

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Karen,
      There are are definitely other options as seen on the video. Surgery for thumb arthritis is a very different paradigm. Our approach is to address the issues which are causative like nerves and lax ligaments as well as the arthritis itself to get the system working without removing or replacing parts of the system. Please see: http://www.regenexx.com/blog/thumb-arthritis-caused-by-bad-nerves/ and http://www.regenexx.com/avoid-carpal-tunnel-surgery/ and http://www.regenexx.com/blog/thumb-arthritis-surgery-alternative/ and http://www.regenexx.com/blog/thumb-arthritis-relief/. PRP added to surgery can be helpful if done properly. We don’t do any surgery, but the expert on adding PRP to surgery is Phillipe Hernigou. If you Google “Phillipe Hernigou PubMed” it will bring you to links to many of his papers. Generally, removing bone spurs without addressing the instability that caused them is not a good idea. If you’d like us to take a look, please fill out the Candidate Form!

  2. Joanne

    What would be an average or typical recovery time for the procedures shown in the video? How long before someone could comfortably use their hand again?

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Joanne,
      Soreness should last 3-7 days. Use of the hand would be “as tolerated”, meaning as pain allows.

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
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