Erectile Dysfunction and Stem Cell Therapy
Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes call impotence, is the most common sexual disorder that men report to healthcare provided and the most investigate male sexual dysfunction. Treatments that are currently being provided for the dysfunction focus on relieving the symptoms of ED and therefor, tend to give a temporary solution rather than a cure for reversing the cause of the dysfunction. Recently, therapies basing on stem cells have had increasing attention due to their potential to restore erectile function and reverse the cause.
Stem cells are, by definition, capable of self-renewal, which means they can make exact copies of themselves indefinitely. They can functionally and structurally regenerate damaged tissues. They are the basis for the specific cell types that make up each organ in the body.
PRP is an acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma. Plasma is mainly blood without the red blood cells. Platelets are cells found in the blood that are essential for clot formation and wound healing. PRP, the mix of concentrated platelets and serum, contains factors that promote repair of tissues. PRP is injected into the targeted area.
The procedure consists of combining your own adult stem cells from bone marrow and fat with PRP. Stem cells use your body’s own natural reparative factors to harness the healing resources of the body to repair injured tissues. PRP secrete growth factors and send signals which boost the natural healing process in the body. Stem cells not only secrete growth factors and other intercellular signals to command and direct the repair process, they can also replace and regenerate tissues by themselves directly.
Results are usually visible in 2 to 4 weeks and improve gradually over months with improvement in erection and performance. Expect minimal swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours after the procedure. They could be some pinkness or redness of the skin following the therapy. Treatment results vary and some patients may require PRP booster, however, in most patients, the results last for several years.