Significant research has confirmed the fact that erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common concern for men as they age. It’s hardly a surprising bit of information; natural degeneration affects all of us, causing our tissues and bodily systems to begin losing function the longer we live. What is startling, however, is the impact on quality of life that any level of ED imposes on its sufferers. An estimated 30 million American men suffer with ED, but they’re not the only ones experiencing ED’s negative effects. Indeed, assuming the majority of ED sufferers have partners wanting intimacy, as well, a more realistic estimation of those impacted by ED in the U.S. is really at least twice that number: 60 million people!
There is good news, though! Both preclinical and clinical trial evidence validate the potential effectiveness of using stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction stemming from underlying organic disease and/or injury. This is why it works:
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The Nature of Degeneration
All cells in the human body are susceptible to decay and/or injury. This is because, as we age, our cells are increasingly exposed to normal wear and tear and/or overuse issues that reduce both their quantity and quality. With fewer, less robust cells, our tissues simply can’t work at an optimal level, leaving us with degenerative conditions such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and more. In the case of erectile function, natural degeneration often leads to diseases and disorders that reduce blood flow to the penis, making it harder for many men to achieve and sustain an erection.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Studies show that stem cells have the potential to repair and even replace cells that have been damaged in some way. At ThriveMD, we harvest stem cells from a patient’s own body, mix them with growth factors to stimulate stem cells’ inherent regenerative properties and then inject the concentrated aspirate into the base of the patient’s penis (i.e., the corpus cavernosum). It’s a minimally-invasive procedure that, in addition to a liposuction procedure to extract stem cells from the abdomen, and a bone marrow aspiration to harvest bone marrow, requires just a few injections without the use of general anesthesia. The entire process only lasts three hours (or less) from start to finish, and research demonstrates that when stem cells are applied to the penis in this way they can stimulate the regeneration of healthy muscle, endothelium and nerve cells so that previously degraded erectile tissue regains function, and men feel better able to sexually perform.
How Effective is Stem Cell Therapy for Erectile Function?
Our ThriveMD patients (like Stephen) report lasting improvements after a stem cell treatment. Many patients can wean off ED injections and/or oral medications, maintaining an erection for up to an hour so that spontaneous intercourse can occur. When stem cell therapy is coupled with GAINSWave and hormone therapy, many patients experience even greater improvement in erectile function within six to 16 weeks with further improvement frequently continuing up to 12 months post-treatment.
Ready for More Information?
To learn how effective stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction could be for you, please contact our office. Our medical director, Dr. Scott Brandt, is an expert in the field of male sexual health, using his research and experience with stem cell, shockwave and bioidentical hormone replacement therapies to successfully treat a varying severity of ED symptoms. All our patients consult with him in order to discuss the best possible treatment(s) with the most potential for success.