Erectile dysfunction, also called impotence, is characterized by an inability to keep an erection long enough for intercourse. Because achieving and sustaining an erection depends upon blood flow, many of the medical conditions that affect smooth muscles and arteries can be responsible for erectile dysfunction. Conditions that affect blood flow, collectively called vasculopathy, can have serious consequences for the health of blood vessels throughout the body. Not all cases of erectile dysfunction are chronic medical conditions, as the condition may be psychological. Temporary causes can include fatigue, medications, and excessive alcohol. Emotional issues like stress can also contribute to ED.
Nearly one-third of all men have had trouble achieving or maintaining an erection at some point. At 40 years of age, about one in 20 men have serious erectile dysfunction, while that number rises to over 15 percent for those over 65. Persistent erectile dysfunction is not normal and can actually be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. While the drive may not be the overwhelming compulsion as it was in their teenage years, many older men still value marital intimacy as a component of their personal relationships.
Erectile dysfunction can be related to a wide range of medical conditions:
- High Blood Pressure
- Parkinson’s or MS
- Depression, Anxiety, or Stress
There are a lot of factors to learn about when one is considering prostate or erectile dysfunction research at Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center(GCSC&RMC) in Mississippi. Our Director, Dr. Barmada who has extensive experience in surgical and endovascular revascularization in pelvic and lower extremity arteries and elsewhere, can answer your questions and address all your concerns regarding the benefit of stem cell deployment, with and without Pressure Wave Therapy (EPAT) for any of the above-mentioned conditions. Our office regularly welcomes patients from across the United States in addition to international patients.
Stem Cell Therapies
Our investigational protocols at GCSC&RMC take advantage of the regenerative potential of stem cells found in a patient’s own adipose tissue. We extract fatty tissue from the patient and separate out the SVF (Stromal Vascular Fraction), which contains stem cells and growth factors used by the body for repairing a variety of different types of bodily tissue. The procurement and deployment take place in a single out-patient visit to our office. Some patients elect to combine this modality with low-intensity shock wave therapy (EPAT). The aim of using one’s own stem cells is the deployment of the body’s own natural resources for regenerative healing. The temporary effects of some medications for erectile dysfunction focus on improving blood flow by widening blood vessels, but few therapy modalities attempt to heal the tissues and passageways that have been gradually damaged over time.
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