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Health Insights column: New approach to treating erectile dysfunction

Scott Brandt, M.D.
Health Insights

Dr. Scott Brandt

Are you suffering from erectile dysfunction? In the United States alone, approximately 30 million men suffer from differing degrees of erectile dysfunction. This problem is starting to exist in epidemic numbers and can seriously affect the quality of life of men and their partners.

While previously erectile dysfunction was believed to be primarily due to psychological causes, this is no longer the case. Currently, the vast majority of cases have been attributed to an underlying organic disease. The most prevalent causes of erectile dysfunction are due to the affects of diabetes, post-surgical issues following prostate surgery and patients suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure.

Many erectile dysfunction sufferers have had success utilizing phosphodiesterase type 5 medications, such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis. Unfortunately, these drugs are only partially effective in treating certain types of erectile dysfunction, most specifically those with diabetes mellitus and surgical-induced cavernous nerve injury, which is common in radical prostate surgery.

Alternative treatment options that can specifically address the underlying cause of the disease are very desirable. One of the best clinical strategies available in the treatment of erectile dysfunction is the use of autologous adult stem cell therapies.

Thirty-five studies have demonstrated the use of stem cells injected into the corpus cavernosum portion of the penis for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. All studies reported better erectile function following stem cell injections, and the majority also reported improved muscle, endothelium and/or nerves in the erectile tissue.

Erectile dysfunction affects nearly 10 percent of all men. It can present as an inability to achieve an erection or maintain an erection long enough to have intercourse or achieve orgasm. Erection of the penis is a hemodynamic action in the tissue of the corpus cavenosum. Erectile dysfunction may result from the inability to fill the erectile tissue with blood, or failure to store the necessary blood in volume in the erectile tissue. Stem cell therapies address the defects at all stages of the erectile process.

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Stem cell therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction utilizes both the patient's own stem cells and growth factors to achieve a natural male enhancement that helps to regenerate erectile tissue and improve erections, sexual performance and penis size. A combination of the patient's own sources of these cell and growth factors are used to achieve maximum affect.

The largest reservoir of stem cells is found in adipose (fat) tissue. Additional cells and growth factors are sourced from bone marrow. Blood also supplies large amounts of growth factors in the form of platelet rich plasma. The procedure consists of three parts: the harvest of the cells using a high-tech liposuction device to extract the fat; state-of-the-art, image-guided bone marrow extraction; and a special platelet rich plasma centrifuge to consolidate the blood plasma.

Once the three components have been extracted, the stem cell injectate is prepared under sterile conditions and readied for injection. The injection is virtually painless. The injection is expertly placed with a micro needle to the specific locations. The procedure does not require a general anesthetic and is performed with local anesthesia and light sedation.

This two-hour procedure is performed in an outpatient setting with very little post-procedural pain or recovery time. Results typically start to be apparent after several weeks and continue to progressively improve for months following the stem cell procedure. Recovering the ability to initiate and maintain an erection capable of sexual function is an enormous boost both physically and psychologically to erectile dysfunction sufferers.

Dr. Scott Brandt, of ThriveMD, practices leading-edge regenerative medicine. He offers stem cell treatments, bioidentical hormone replacement, intravenous nutrient therapies, medical diets and liposculpture. To learn more, contact ThriveMD at 970-766-8245 or visit http://www.thrivemdvail.com.