|Fig. 1 A, A platelet-rich fibrin matrix is a flat, circular membrane of autologous suturable fibrin that must be used within 30 minutes. B, An intraoperative arthroscopic image of the platelet-rich fibrin matrix interposed between rotator cuff and bone. Courtesy of Roberto Castricini, MD|
The Effect of Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix on Rotator Cuff Tendon Healing
Specialized Blood Plasma Treatment Does Not Improve Rotator Cuff Healing, Study Finds
- Two separate randomized studies found no significant benefit to using PRFM to improve healing after rotator cuff repair.
- One study found more reruptures in the group that did not receive PRFM; the other study found more intact repairs in the group that did not receive PRFM.
- More research is needed to uncover the ways that PRFM reacts with tendons, ligaments, and bones.