Who’s an ideal candidate for platelet-rich plasma injections?
This treatment is for men who want to have harder erections. Most patients are men over 40 who are concerned about their sexual health or who have difficulty achieving an erection that is firm enough to satisfy their partner.
Patients who’ve successfully used Viagra and Cialis in the past may no longer need these drugs or may be able to take them at a lower dosage. They’ll get all of the benefits of improved erectile function without experiencing unwanted side effects. Moreover, there’s little to no recovery time following the treatment.
Additionally, men who haven’t been able to achieve satisfactory erections with Viagra or Cialis or after extracavernous injections such as Caverjet may achieve firmer erections with platelet-rich plasma injections.
Some patients have reported increases in the girth and length of their penis, ranging from 10% to 20%. Generally, the girth increases first, then the length.
Note, however, that some patients are advised to not undergo this treatment because another treatment is judged to be more appropriate.
How does platelet-rich plasma therapy work?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy represents a major advance in regenerative medicine.
PRP injections are used in various branches of medicine. Notably, sports medicine doctors use them to treat certain injuries. It’s also increasingly used to accelerate patients’ healing time after surgical procedures. In aesthetic medicine, it’s an invaluable tool for controlling stretch marks, stimulating the production of collagen and promoting facial rejuvenation.
Finally, in the treatment of alopecia, it facilitates graft adherence and stimulates hair follicles. The treatments are fairly straightforward. First, a blood sample is drawn from the patient’s arm. Next, the sample is put into a centrifuge. This machine, which has been approved for use by Health Canada, spins the blood vials, causing the blood components — red blood cells, platelets and plasma — to separate. The medical professional then isolates the layer of plasma. This layer is filled with platelets, which, as a result of centrifugation, have released various growth factors. As a result, the plasma will facilitate healing, repair and regeneration of tissues. The final step is to inject the penis with the PRP mixture.
Note that results are generally less significant among patients who smoke, as smoking impairs blood circulation.
How is platelet-rich plasma used to treat erectile dysfunction?
One of the growth factors present in the platelet-rich plasma, known as vascular endothelial growth factor, appears to stimulate the regeneration of blood vessels and erectile tissue in the penis, provided it’s injected in the corpus cavernosum and corpus spongiosum.
Studies indicate that the complementary use of a penile vacuum pump as part of penile rehabilitation treatment improves the quality of patients’ erections.
What can you expect during a standard platelet-rich plasma procedure?
The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic and involves little to no discomfort.
It only takes about five minutes However, about 45 minutes are required for the other steps: applying the anesthetic cream, administering the penile block, taking a blood sample from the arm, centrifuging the sample, transferring the platelet-rich plasma into syringes, adding a buffer solution to activate the platelet-rich plasma, performing the injections and applying a pressure dressing. Moreover, before the procedure, the patient must read and sign a consent form and answer the doctor’s questions. Afterwards, the doctor will provide him with instructions for using a penile vacuum pump.
What are the possible risks and complications following platelet-rich plasma treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma injections won’t interact with any medications you’re taking, nor will they have an effect on your cardiovascular health. There are, moreover, no definite contraindications to the treatment. For example, even patients taking blood thinners are able to receive the treatment (however, they’re more likely to experience bruising).
In some cases, there may be temporary skin reactions, such as redness, mild discomfort, swelling or bruising at the site of the injection.
Are there other treatments to improve blood circulation if PRP therapy is ineffective?
Shockwave therapy is a recommended treatment for patients whose erectile dysfunction is due to vascular insufficiency, that is, poor blood circulation in the corpus cavernosum of the penis resulting in weak erections. This state-of-the-art treatment is particularly recommended for people with heart disease, clogged arteries, diabetes and who smoke.
Shockwave therapy can enhance patients’ erection quality if they have a pronounced case of vascular erectile dysfunction that the platelet-rich plasma injection proved unable to improve. Contact us
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