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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
A Major Breakthrough for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects approximately 1 in 4 men, and evidence suggests the incidence is rising. To date, most of the common treatments for ED do not address the root cause of the endothelial dysfunction found with ED.
The use of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) as a targeted therapy for inflammation, the promotion of tissue regeneration and formation of new blood vessels may represent a promising potential treatment for ED.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy uses a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of tissue where an injury or tissue damage has occurred. PRP includes seven (7) different growth factors responsible for accelerated healing.
PRP injections have been used for decades to aid in the development of new blood vessels and wound healing for conditions such as; acute sports injuries, damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints and orthopedic surgeries.
Additionally, PRP is used in the practice of ophthalmology, cardiology, plastic surgery and dermatology.
In addition to improving function, PRP can also help reduce pain associated with these conditions – minimizing the need for anti-inflammatories or other harmful pain medications.
PRP therapy supports the fact that the body has the ability to heal itself. It is an all-natural, safe and effective regeneration procedure.
Most recently, PRP therapy in the form of the Priapus Shot®, also known as the P-Shot, is successfully being used to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED). With the application of PRP for ED there is dramatic improvement in the ability to achieve an erection, maintain an erection, as well as the means for better orgasms, stamina and firmness.
MORE benefits of PRP for Erectile Dysfunction:
- Increases circulation within the penis for a healthier organ
- Enhances the sensation and pleasure
- Improves the strength of the penis, with a slight increase of length/girth
- Advances the effect of other therapies (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc.)
Your Priapus Shot® will be performed in Cleveland Health Group‘s surgery center located in Independence, Ohio.
How The P-Shot Works
The PRP injected into the penis contains a high concentration of platelets that release growth factors and other proteins responsible for cellular repair and the formation of new blood vessels.
These growth factors trigger stem cells and collagen production to help in restoring of damaged tissue. The aftermath is a significant improvement in penile blood flow.
PRP Therapy & Peyronies Disease
Peyronies Disease is a curvature or indentation in the penis due to scar tissue, called fibrotic plaque which develops over time. The scar tissue can cause a hard bump in the outer layer of the erection chambers in the penis. It can cause pain and often erectile dysfunction.
The exact cause of Peyronies Disease is uncertain; however most experts agree trauma to a semi-erect or erect penis during sexual activity is in most cases the cause of the inflammation within the penile tissues which eventually turns into fibrotic plaque.
Current treatments for Peyronies Disease are costly and involve multiple injections of medication (Xiaflex). Recently many patients have been choosing PRP therapy to treat Peyronies Disease.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is considered a regenerative autologous treatment, which means it comes from your own blood and can stimulate cellular regeneration and tissue repair. When activated, platelets release numerous growth factors, cytokines and chemokines.
The P-Shot protocol includes several injections of PRP (the number of injections is dependent on the degree of curvature) over several weeks. Additional concurrent therapies such as Acoustic Wave Therapy, the use of a vacuum pump and specific supplements can result in improvements in curvature and/or resolve penile curvature all together.
Optimal Sexual Performance with PRP
In addition to treating ED and Peyronies Disease, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is also being used to enhance sexual performance by increasing blood flow and stimulate the growth of new, younger tissue. Injections are placed in selected areas for heightened sexual response.
Benefits for Optimal Sexual Performance include
- Increase in sexual stamina
- Increased sensation and pleasure
- Enhanced appearance, additional length and girth*
If you seek optimal sexual wellness and want to improve overall vascular function, nerve sensitivity in the penis and erectile function – the P-Shot is for you!
GAINSWave & PRP An Unbeatable Match
The combination of Acoustic Wave Therapy (aka: Shockwave Therapy) and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is intentionally taking an aggressive move towards resolution of ED, Peyronies and/or Sexual Performance.
Using a comprehensive approach to treating erectile health, Cleveland Health Group is dedicated to bringing you the most advanced science to address the root cause of your erectile issues, not just temporary solutions. GAINSWave providers nationwide have seen encouraging results with this paired approach. When combined, these non-invasive, nonsurgical treatments have an even greater ability to improve erectile function.
For more information on the GAINSWave treatment at Cleveland Health Group click here.
Not all P-Shots are Created Equal
The Priapus Shot® / P-Shot is a specific method protected by the US Patent & Trademark office for using blood-derived growth factors to rejuvenate the penis. The method was created by Charles Runels, MD founder of the Cellular Medicine Association. Dr. Runels offers training and certification for physicians, nurses and other qualified medical professionals for a number of trademarked procedures, including the P-Shot.
Cleveland Health Group is proud to have our practitioners trained and certified through Dr. Charles Runels certified training program. We are members in good standing with the Cellular Medicine Association and contribute to the ongoing research behind the application of PRP therapy.
Cleveland Health Group uses the most effective and safest technology available for the delivery of Platelet-Rich Plasma with the state-of-the-art PureSpin PRP system. Using a 2-spin cycle, PureSpin delivers a high platelet recovery, assuring the patient better cell concentrations and superior PRP quality. The PureSpin centrifuge is a FDA cleared 5109(k) Class 11 medical device.
Tell Me More...FAQ's
We are all about keeping you up to date so you can make informed decisions regarding your erectile health. Here are the answers to a few questions you may have:
Where did the name P-Shot come from?
P-Shot is a shortened name for the Priapus Shot. It was coined by Dr. Charles Runels, the inventor of the P-Shot, after he discovered the use of PRP for male sexual rejuvenation. Priapus is the Greek god of fertility.
What benefits can I expect from the P-Shot?
- Better blood flow
- Improved sexual stamina (easier to achieve and keep an erection)
- Slightly increased penile length and girth
- Stronger, firmer erections
- Better sensitivity in the penis
- Resolution of pain with erections
How long do results from the P-Shot last?
Given the fact that the PRP has been indicated for the treatment of ED, Peyronies and sexual performance for only the last five years, it’s difficult to say how long the full affect may be. The hallmark of PRP is the release of healing factors into the penis to promote an enhanced healing response to the existing tissues, blood vessels and nerve endings that have been lost with age and disease state.
Therefore, people will respond differently depending on their present age, aging process, existing general health and lifestyle factors. So, it’s relatively impossible to judge and outcome on any particular patient.
That being said, the data appears to report that after the maximum results occur (6-8 weeks after treatment) the effects are generally seen for 18-24 months. Indications are that some men are electing for a second shot to maintain the level of benefit they initially achieved.
What is the process of receiving a P-Shot?
- Your blood will be drawn and processed in a specially designed centrifuge which separates the platelets and the plasma from the rest of the blood.
- While your blood is being processed a combination of Betyrcain, Lidocaine and Tetracaine cream (numbing agent) will be applied to your penis to decrease sensitivity during the injections.
- The isolated platelets, which is now referred to as PRP, is ready to be injected into the penis at specific points per protocol.
- Post-procedure you will be instructed how to use a vacuum penis pump, which use is essential to achieve optimal erections. You will be required to pump twice per day for 10-minutes.
- You may resume regular activities immediately following the procedure (work, errands, driving, gardening, etc.), and resume sexual activities 4 hours after the procedure.
The procedure is completed in our OSHA approved lab and takes about 60-minutes from start to finish.
Are there any side effects to expect after the procedure?
Since the PRP is derived from your own blood, there are no known adverse effects from the PRP. You may experience minor bleeding, bruising and/or swelling at the injection sites which quickly resolves. Infection could potentially occur, however is very rare..