Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2013
Dr. Bill J Releford, DPM, medical director and founder of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute announced today results from several case studies using platelet rich plasma therapy to heal chronic nonhealing wounds. Each patient was recommended for high level amputation and were not candidates for revascularization or had failed attempts to be revascularized or had comorbidities that were contraindications to revascularization. Each patient was treated with a series of three injections of PRP over a six week period. The most profound initial subjective finding was decreased pain due to ischemia. "After the first failed bypass surgery I was scheduled for another attempt. If that didn’t work, then amputation of my left leg was the last option. The improvement in my leg and wound has been so great that my vascular surgeon has postponed the second bypass," states Robert J., patient at the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute.
"This is a new and exciting application of platelet rich plasma therapy, which is usually used in the sports medicine arena," states Dr. Bill Releford. "P.R.P. is another tool to help decrease the amputation rate among those that are most at risk," Dr. Releford continues.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, also known as P.R.P. is a revolutionary way to address tissue injury by using "healing" components derived from a patient’s own blood. These "healing components" or growth factors have been shown to be effective in treating ankle sprains, Achilles Tendonitis, Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis, Ischemic Pain as well as Chronic Non-Healing Wounds, as cited in the J ournal of Orthopedic Research (Jan 2006) This therapy has been recently popularized by success experienced by professional athletes such Tiger Woods, Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward and Troy Palomalu.
A very small amount of blood is drawn from the patient into a sterile tube in the exact same manner as a standard blood sample. The tube containing a patient's blood is placed into a centrifuge and spun to separate the platelets from the other blood components. After a few minutes, the concentrated platelets are removed from the same tube and re-introduced into the patient at the site of the injury. Using a sterile needle, your physician will inject the PRP in and around the injury site. This is all accomplished without using any animal products or other foreign material.
Dr. BILL J. RELEFORD, D.P.M., a graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, began his practice in 1990 and established the Diabetic Foot Institute, a facility dedicated exclusively to the reduction of diabetes-related amputations in high-risk populations. Dr. Releford is recognized both domestically as well as internationally as a leader in the field of diabetic limb preservation and wound care.
Dr. Bill Releford’s limb salvage and wound care success involves utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to limb salvage where vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialist, plastic surgeons, endocrinologist all collaborate solely for the benefit of salvaging a foot at risk of amputation. Dr. Releford also uses Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy to treatment foot injuries as well as chronic non-healing wounds.
Dr. Bill Releford is founder and CEO of The Releford Foot & Ankle Institute in Los Angeles. The Releford Institute’s mission is to effectively decrease the diabetes related amputation rate in Los Angeles and its surrounding communities by providing a comprehensive wound care and limb salvage service. The Releford Institute addresses patients specialized needs and creates individual treatment plans to heal wounds and prevent amputations.
Dr. Bill Releford’s community outreach and health care advocacy efforts are facilitated through the Diabetic Amputation Prevention Foundation (DAP), a non profit organization he founded in 2001, whose mission is to increase public awareness of diabetes through culturally specific education and community based programs. The education of at risk populations to better understand the disease, its complications as well as the standard of care as it relates to diabetes is the primary focus.
Dr. Bill Releford and the DAP Foundation have been recognized for the success of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Since it's inception in December 2007, the program has screened over 25,000 men for diabetes and hypertension in over 450 black owned barbershops in over 26 cities. Dr. Bill Releford is an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University and lectures both domestically as well as internationally about the latest techniques in limb salvage and community based outreach strategies. Additionally, Dr. Releford has recently authored his much anticipated book, "Five Colors A Day to Better Health." Dr. Releford and his work have been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC’s THE VEIW as a featured guest, The Washington Post, Newsweek as well as the Los Angeles Times.