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Platelet-rich Plasma to Augment Fracture Healing

Bibbo, Christopher DO, DPM, FACS, FAAOS, FACFAS

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: March 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 1 - p 9–12
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e3182463b67
Special Focus: Role of Platelet-Rich Plasma and rhPDGF in Foot and Ankle Surgery

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become a readily available modality to augment musculoskeletal tissue healing. Despite the growing popularity of PRP to assist with the treatment of soft tissue disorders, the full benefit of PRP to assist with tissue healing in the musculoskeletal system has not been fully explored to assist with one of the most common, basic conditions encountered by the vast majority of musculoskeletal surgeons, that is, fracture healing. This paper reviews the basic science of PRP and describes the percutaneous technique of PRP delivery to treat fractures.

Foot and Ankle Section, Department of Orthopaedics, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint request to Christopher Bibbo, DO, DPM, FACS, FAAOS, FACFAS, Foot and Ankle Section, Department of Orthopaedics, 2J4, Marshfield Clinic, 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449. E-mail:;

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.