Erectile Dysfunction, sometimes called ‘impotence’, is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The word ‘impotence’ may also be used to describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation or orgasm. Using the term erectile dysfunction makes it clear that those other problems are not involved.
Damage to nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, and fibrous tissues, often as a result of a disease, is the most common cause of erectile penile dysfunction. Diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, vascular disease, and neurologic disease, account for about 70 percent of erectile dysfunction cases. Between 35 and 50 percent of men with diabetes experience erectile dysfunction.
The Cells4health Erectile Dysfunction Stem Cell Treatment
Erectile dysfunction patients are usually treated by injecting the stem cells into the penile artery via catheter. Patients who cannot safely undergo the catheterization procedure may elect to receive the stem cells intravenously.
Both methods are outpatient procedures that require patients to stay 4 or 5 nights.
Step 1 – Bone Marrow Collection
Bone marrow is collected from the patient’s iliac crest (hip bone) using thin-needle mini-puncture under local anesthesia. Although some pain is felt when the needle is inserted, most patients do not find the bone marrow collection procedure particularly painful. The entire procedure normally takes about 30 minutes.
Once the bone marrow collection is complete, the patient may return to their hotel and go about normal activities.
More detailed information on the bone marrow collection procedure is available in the Bone Marrow Informed Consent document (PDF file).
Step 2 – Laboratory Processing
The stem cells are processed from the bone marrow in a state-of-the-art, government approved (cGMP) laboratory. In the lab, both the quantity and quality of the stem cells are measured. These cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating damaged cells such as pancreatic beta cells.
Step 3 – Stem Cell Implantation
The stem cells are implanted into the pancreatic artery under local anesthesia using a fine wire (catheter) that is inserted into the patient’s right femoral artery. X-ray scanning is used to guide the catheter into the penile artery where the stem cells are injected through a small hole in the center of the wire. This procedure takes about 90 minutes. Afterwards, the patient will spend 2 or 3 hours in the recovery room to ensure that the entry site is not bleeding.
More detailed information about the catheterization (angiography) procedure may be found in the Angiography Informed Consent document (PDF file).
Patients who cannot be treated by catheter, such as those with kidney problems, are offered an alternative intravenous stem cell implantation.
Patients are required to stay in town on the fourth day for general safety considerations. They may return home on the fifth day.
Treatment Evaluation Process
In order to be evaluated for stem cell treatment, patients must complete an online medical history form. Once you’ve completed the online medical history and submitted it, a patient relations consultant will contact you. He or she will assist you with the rest of the evaluation process. Upon treatment approval, your consultant will also assist you with treatment scheduling and trip preparation.