Stem Cells & Erectile Dysfunction

Stem Cell Therapy Allows Patients to Recover Erectile Function

Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called “impotence,” is the repeated inability to obtain and maintain an erection for intercourse; affects nearly half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 to some degree. In recent years, researchers have been working to develop stem cell therapy to restore natural sexual function. New results from clinical trials show that stem cells applied to patients with “impotence” can restore enough erectile function to allow men suffering from sexual impotence to have spontaneous sex.

Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica has state-to-the art technologies and excellent human resource to legally apply stem cell therapies. Our goal is to offer our patients all the possibilities available to address their specific health needs in order to improve their quality of life.

The Annual Congress of the European Urology Association is Europe’s largest urological event, with specialists and affiliated medical professionals gathered for a critical assessment of clinical practices and key research developments. This year was celebrated the 32nd Annual Congress of the European Urology Association in London. From March 24th to the 28th.

The results presented at the Congress show that eight of 21 successfully recovered the sexual function. Researchers are very positive about this research; this is the first time that stem cell therapy has produced patients who recovered enough erectile function to allow intercourse.

A senior researcher at the University Hospital in Odense said: “What we have done establishes that this technique can lead to men recovering a spontaneous erection – in other words, without the use of other medicines, injections, or implants”.

The work presented at the Congress focuses on patients with physical damage, caused by prostate cancer or surgery (although there are several possible causes, including surgery, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychological problems).

The researchers used stem cells extracted from abdominal adipose tissue via liposuction; stem cells were then injected into the cavernous body of the penis. The results show that none of the 21 men reported significant side effects over the trial period, or in the following year.

Six months after treatment, eight of the 21 patients reported that they had regained enough erectile function to achieve penetrative sexual activity. This improvement has been maintained for one year, indicating that this treatment may confer long-term benefits.

In addition, using the International Erectile Function Index (IIEF) questionnaire to measure erectile function, where the average for men with “normal” sexual function is about 25; they found the whole group of 21 patients reported that their score had increased from 6 before the stem cell transplantation surgery, to 12 after 6 months. Better than this, in the group of men who recovered sexual function, the IIEF score increased from 7 to 14 (enough score to enable men to have a spontaneous erection sufficient for penetrative sex).

Leading researchers say the technique has been tested in animal work, but this is the first time that stem cell therapy has allowed patients to recover enough erectile function to allow intercourse.

This technique promises to be a long-term solution for patients suffering from erectile dysfunction, who have not seen beneficial effects of traditional medicine, such as PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra and Cialis), injections, or penile implants.

In technical terms, the procedure consists of extracting stem cells from fat tissue via liposuction and then injecting stem cells with a syringe into the penis, where they spontaneously begin to change in nerve and muscle cells as well as endothelial cells that line blood vessels. Patients are under general anesthesia while all this happens, and they are discharged from the hospital the same day! At Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica, we are more than happy to help you stay in touch with the latest advances in stem cell therapies; we believe that this is only the begging of the development of effective and long-term solutions for patient´s specific needs. Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions you have.