Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
August 23, 2021
More advancements for treating erectile dysfunction (ED) are reaching the final stages of research and making their way to urology offices. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is one of them. PRP has been used in the medical community for decades. Researchers discovered that the concentration of platelets in PRP stimulates cell development and regeneration in various types of tissues. PRP is currently used in cosmetic surgery, orthopedics and can help heal wounds. It is now being studied to use for ED.
ED is characterized as difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. It can be caused by many factors, such as medications, medical conditions, aging and changes to the tissues of the penis. Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual problems for men, with 15-30 million men diagnosed in the United States. ED rates have increased during the last twenty to thirty years, especially among younger men. According to a study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine, one out of every four ED patients is under 40 years old.
PRP therapy is often recommended for men who experience ED due to the natural aging process. Penile tissue breaks down in the same way that tissues on the face and body do. PRP promotes the healing of soft and hard tissue by utilizing properties that accelerate the repair of aged and damaged tissue. PRP contains multiple growth factors, hormones, nutrients, protein stabilizers and bioactive compounds that are important for cellular and tissue regeneration – including penile health.
PRP works by utilizing the patient’s own blood which contains adult stem cells and growth factors. Blood is drawn from the patient and then placed in a centrifuge to remove the plasma and concentrate both the platelets of blood vessels and nerves. It has the potential to regenerate nerves, blood vessels, repair damaged tissue, decrease the inflammatory response and remodel vascular tissue in the penis to restore erectile function.
Evidence suggests that using PRP for ED helps:
- Increase circulation within the penis
- Boost the effectiveness of ED medications (Viagra, Cialis)
Typically, PRP treatments for ED cause minimal pain. They can be done in office without general anesthesia and typically take as long as a regular office visit. Although PRP isn’t here yet, it’s on it’s way to becoming a viable, effective and safe treatment option for ED and long-term penile rehabilitation.
If you’re interested in discussing ED treatment options like PRP, contact Austin Urology Institute at 512.694.8888 to schedule an appointment.
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