Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for sexual intercourse. One third of men will be affected by ED throughout their lives. ED degrades quality of life and self-esteem and has a substantial negative impact on intimate relationships. ED may result from many things such as low testosterone, surgical damage to the penile nerves, medication side effect, but is most commonly a vascular problem. The small arteries of the penis may be damaged however this process may occur prematurely as a result of atherosclerosis. Putting those with with diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol at increased risk. The presence of ED represents a significantly increased risk of coronary artery disease occurring as many as three years prior to symptoms of CAD. Medical treatment of ED typically involves phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra. External vacuum pump devices are also utilized. Surgically implanted hydraulic penile prostheses may be used for failure of medical therapy.
Conditions characterized by poor blood flow have shown promise being treated withadipose derived stem cells.These studies in revascularizing cardiac tissue, ischemic limbs and other organs is thought to result from regeneration of small blood vessels smooth muscle and nerves. There is animal model evidence of adipose derived stem cells stimulating endothelial (small blood vessel lining) growth and improve penile blood flow. There is some evidence that treatment results will be optimized if the stem cells are “activated.” The process of stem cell activation is usually a natural phenomenon induced by inflammatory and ischemic events. However, chronic micro-vasculopathy may require tissue micro-trauma to induce cellular healing and angiogenesis. In 2012, a publication in the Journal of Urology (See Citation) provided evidence that shock wave technology alone can significantly improve erectile function in comparison to placebo treatment.
The Journal of Urology Volume 187, Issue 4, Supplement, Page e606, April 2012
DOES LOW-INTENSITY EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY HAVE A PHYSIOLOGIC EFFECT ON ERECTILE FUNCTION? SHORT-TERM RESULTS OF A RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, SHAM-CONTROLLED STUDY Vardi, Appel, Kilchevsky, Gruenwald
At OC Regenerative Medicine, we use a protocol to deploy extremely high numbers of adipose derived stromal vascular fraction (rich in stem cells and growth factors) into the penile corpora cavernosa in conjunction with low intensity shock wave therapy in an effort to stimulate vascular endothelial repair and angiogenesis in an attempt to achieve improvement erectile dysfunction.
At OC Regenerative Medicine, we care about our Erectile Disfunction patients and take pride in the time we provide to our patients to deploy the best protocols to help our patients achieve their goals. By filling out Confidential Candidate Application, we will answer the questions and concerns you may have about Cell Surgical Network protocols for Erectile Dysfunction.