Can I get a same-day appointment?
I can typically get a patient in within 1 week if necessary. The normal process involves scheduling a consult (no charge) with Dr Pope over the phone or in person to determine if PRP is appropriate and to answer your questions beforehand. Most patients typically have a diagnosis, so the consult is to determine if PRP can help. If we proceed from that point, we can easily schedule within 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month. Whatever is convenient for you.
Will my insurance cover my visit and treatment?
PRP is not yet covered by major insurances. Some nontraditional health sharing/medical cost sharing memberships are covering it. I don't charge for the initial consult but PRP treatment is to be paid for at the time of the procedure.
Do you offer financing options?
Unfortunately, we cannot finance the procedure. We offer the procedure at a steep discount, and we can only do that because we dont have the additional expense of dealing with insurance and/or financing.
We accept cash, credit, debit, and checks (once verified).
Is PRP Safe?
It has overwhelming shown to be safe in numerous studies. PRP is the use of a person's own growth factors and inborn repair systems concentrated and amplified in areas where they otherwise cannot get to effectively.
How many times can I have PRP treatments?
You can have PRP treatments as many times as needed. There is no harmful effects. Typically, if 1 or 2 treatments do not heal you or give benefit, then it is time to consider other pathways. If it is helpful but pain returns in several months or years, then you can continue repeat PRP treatments until they no long work your arthritis progresses beyond the point where PRP can benefit.
How long does a PRP treatment take?
A PRP treatment typically takes 30-45 minutes from beginning to end. It consists of a blood draw, then 15-20 minutes of waiting while the PRP is being isolated. Thereafter, the PRP is injected under ultrasound guidance using sterile technique.
Why does Dr Pope recommend ultrasound guidance?
Studies have consistently shown better outcomes when using ultrasound guidance. It also typically means less discomfort from your injections, as there is less poking and prodding. Using ultrasound, you can directly visualize the area to be treated and see the prp injected exactly where it needs to be. It adds peace of mind and gets results.
How long does PRP last?
Studies have shown that it can last for 6 months to over 1 year in arthritis. It can completely heal tendinitis in many cases.
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