Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and/or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Persistent erectile dysfunction can affect a man’s self-confidence and cause stress both internally and in a relationship. The Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica, uses adult autologous stem cells for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Treatment at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute could help improve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction:

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Difficulty keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Depression
  • Stress or anxiety

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a common disorder, affecting men of all ages. Erectile dysfunction can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life for both the sufferer and his partner. When a male is stimulated and becomes aroused, his central nervous system sends nerve impulses that increase blood flow to his penis. Most men experience problems getting or maintaining an erection every now and then. It is normal. However, if it is a persistent problem it may be a sign of an underlying issue.

Male sexual arousal is a complex process involving the brain, the central nervous system, emotions and muscles. Approximately 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction. The two main causes of erectile dysfunction are physical or psychosocial. Approximately 80% of erectile dysfunction cases are caused by a physical condition.

Common physical conditions that can cause erectile dysfunction:

Possible psychosocial issues that can cause erectile dysfunction:

  • Stress
  • Relationship issues

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of an underlying health issue including heart disease.  If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction talk to your doctor before seeking medical treatment.

Can stem cell therapy improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction?

Cavernous smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells are thought to play a significant role in getting and maintaining an erection. Transplanted stem cells respond to the needs of the surrounding cells and the products secreted by the surrounding cells. Stem cells respond to the environment by differentiating into a variety of cell types and secreting cytokines, growth factors and extracellular matrix molecules that evoke specific responses from neighboring cells. For erectile dysfunction researchers believe the transplanted stem cells differentiate into cells including cavernous smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells as well as evoke responses from the existing cells.

Research has shown stem cell transplantation in patients with erectile dysfunction result in:

  • Improved rigidity
  • Improved erections
  • Continent and incontinent men recovered erection
  • Erectile hardness score
  • Improved scores on the international index of erectile function

In 2017, researchers from the Odense University Hospital in Denmark, reported the results from a clinical trial using adult autologous adipose stem cells in 21 men with severe, refractory, post-prostatectomy erectile dysfunction resulting from surgery following colon cancer. None of the men enrolled had responded to standard treatment. Within 6 months of the procedure, 8 of the 21 men were able to engage in spontaneous sexual intercourse. Researchers used the International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire (IIEF) as one measurement of response. All 21 participants experienced an improvement in the IIEF scores.

What type of stem cells are used?

The Stem Cells Transplant Institute uses autologous mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  Autologous means the stem cells are collected from the recipient so the risk of rejection is virtually eliminated. Mesenchymal stem cells are one type of adult stem cells that are found in a variety of tissues including; adipose tissue, lung, bone marrow, and blood.  Mesenchymal stem cells are a promising treatment for erectile dysfunction. Treatment at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute may improve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

How are the stem cells collected?

A team of stem cell experts developed an FDA approved method and protocol for harvesting and isolating adipose derived stem cells for autologous reimplantation. The collection and use of adult stem cells does not require the destruction of embryos and for this reason, more U.S. federal funding is being spent on stem cell research.

How are the stem cells administered?

Stem cells are administered into the penis through corpus cavernosum.

About the Stem Cells Transplant Institute

Costa Rica has one of the best healthcare systems in world and is ranked among the highest for medical tourism. Using the most advanced technologies, the team of experts at The Stem Cells Transplant Institute believes in the potential of stem cell therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. We are committed to providing personalized service and the highest quality of care to every patient.

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