The initial response to almost any tissue injury is the influx of platelets and the activations of “growth factors” to initiate repair. There are now “cell separators” available to extract the platelets and “growth factors” from a simple blood sample. The doctors at the Foot & Ankle Institute have pioneered techniques utilizing these “platelet derived growth factors” to stimulate repair of injured tendons and ligaments. It’s a very simple process where a small blood sample is drawn, placed into a cell separator, and the resultant, “healthy cells” are injected into the soft tissues. In many cases this has eliminated the need for surgery.