Posts for: April, 2012
“Girls like guys with scars.” We’ve all heard this expression before but is it really true? I know the same can’t be said in reverse… “Guys like girls with scars”. While some women might find certain scars on men attractive (Al Pacino in “Scarface” comes to mind), I believe both sexes would be better off minimizing scars as much as possible.
Several over-the-counter products have been produced that treat hypertrophic and unsightly scars. For example, I always recommend the use of both Mederma and Cocoa Butter for care of the incision site after surgery.
There are also several clinical and surgical treatments as well. This may include other topical treatments such as a specially formulated scar care kit, massage, cortisone injection, or surgical removal. Also available is the Cutera laser, located at our Huber Heights office, which has a special setting specifically designed to treat scars without the need for cortisone injection or surgical excision.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Care we try to minimize scarring on patients. This isn’t true for just post-surgical care but for scars not created by surgical intervention as well. Scars can cause contraction of skin and soft tissue and lead to other deformities. If a scar does not respond to topical treatment, our doctors have the training and experience to know which of these treatments would best serve each particular patient.
As it pertains to our professional athletes, there appears to be a negative connotation with the mere mention of performance enhancement, as the acronym PED’s (or Performance Enhancing Drugs) is now a part of the English vernacular. But legitimately injured athletes (professional or otherwise) have the ability nowadays to take advantage of perfectly “legal” technology to aid in healing and recovery: I’m speaking of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy has actually been around since the 1990’s, used primarily by some Plastic and Oral surgeons to aid healing. It’s an emerging treatment in a new health sector known as “Regenerative Medicine” or “Orthobiologics”. Athletes such as Tiger Woods, former and current Pittsburgh Steeler players (yes…I am a HUGE Steeler fan!) Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, have received this treatment. No, PRP is not ‘stem cell therapy’, but rather an injection of concentrated autologous (i.e. your own) platelets delivered to the site of injury or needed repair. Platelets (which are cells that circulate in the blood and clot to keep us from bleeding) contain growth factors which ramp up your body’s ability to heal and repair. In theory, obtaining a ‘super concentrate’ of platelets (or PRP) and subsequently injecting it will secrete a large amount of growth factors that will spur bone healing and/or aid in tissue recovery.
Although a bit simplistic, for the sake of this blog, the method of PRP therapy is as follows:
1. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient through a simple venipuncture collected in a vial.
2. This vial is then “spun” in a centrifuge, which separates the platelet rich plasma (PRP) from the other components of the whole blood.
3. The doctor will then inject this concentrate (PRP) to the needed site.
Advanced Foot and Ankle Care Centers is proud to offer state-of-the-art regenerative techniques such as PRP as one of the many options patients have in hopes of expediting the healing process. Not all conditions, of course, require this process. Feel free to schedule an appointment at any of our 4 locations, including Troy, to see if this technology may be useful for you.