Platelet-rich Plasma (ACP)


ACP (autologous conditioned plasma) is used to treat acute muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries as well as degenerative joint conditions (cartilage damage, arthritis).

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Information on the most important growth factors contained in autologous blood:

  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF): this substance stimulates the division and "chemotaxis" (attraction) of fibroblasts (key connective tissue cells) and supports the cell division of mesenchymal stem cells and endothelial cells. This helps the extracellular matrix grow and increases the production of hyaluronic acid - which is a help for people with osteoarthritis, as it stops the progression of the disease.
  • Fibroblast growth factors (FGF-1 und FGF-2): these substances encourage the regrowth of connective tissue, blood vessel growth, construction of collagen fibers, and stimulates the healing processes of injured tissue (muscle, tendons, and skin).
  • Epidermal growth factor (EGF): this substance regulates cell growth, stimulates the splitting and specialization of epidermal cells, and supports the growth of granulation tissue and blood vessels. This also stimulates the healing processes of injured tissue (muscle, tendons, and skin).
  • Transforming growth factors a and b (TGF-a and TGF-b): these substances stimulate the cell division of connective tissue and encourage DNA-synthesis as well as the production of collagen, antibacterial peptides, keratinocytes, and the growth of blood vessels.
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF): these substances stimulate the growth of blood vessels and endothelial cells, which in turn supports the healing processes of injured tissue (muscle, tendons, and skin).

New scientific studies show that the use of ACP can significantly accelerate and improve the healing processes for muscle injuries as well as tendon and cartilage problems.

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A clinical study in osteoarthritis patients recently showed that autologous blood infiltrations into the knee joint can lead to significant improvements. The outcome of the study revealed significantly better results for autologous blood (ACP) compared to hyaluronic acid infiltrations.

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An Vielzahl von Studien belegt die Wirksamkeit von ACP (PRP) auch bei der Arthrose-Therapie.

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ESSKA Consensus Report 2022

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In general, four ACP infiltrations are carried out in intervals of two weeks (intervals can be longer but should not be any shorter). In some cases, a fifth infiltration is recommended four weeks after the last infiltration (in the case that symptoms have improved significantly but have not entirely disappeared).

Cost per infiltration: € 250.-

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Please note that medical indications and therapies are constantly changing and evolving. Sometimes these changes occur more rapidly than Dr. Gäbler is able to update the homepage. Detailed information about the dosage, administration, and composition of medications may have changed since the last update. Reading a website is never a substitute for visiting your doctor. An examination by and discussion with your doctor can provide significant additional information for you based on your personal diagnosis and the latest scientific findings. Please note that surgeries and outpatient procedures are not performed on the premises of the Sportambulatorium Wien.


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