Erectile Dysfunction and Chicago Stem Cell Treatment Center

Erectile Dysfunction, commonly referred to as “ED” is defined as the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.  ED affects up to one-third of men of men throughout their lives and has a substantial negative impact on intimate relationships, quality of life and self-esteem. Causes are multifactorial but can be related to loss of testosterone, surgical damage to the penile nerves, medications, or other medical illnesses. The most common cause of ED is “vasculopathy”, which is damage to the delicate blood vessels in the penis. This vasculopathy is often associated with age but strongly related to atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular disease. Men with ED are also at significantly increased risk of coronary artery disease. Therefore, when men have ED, screening for cardiovascular risk factors should be considered because symptoms of ED present as much as three years earlier than other symptoms of coronary artery disease such as chest pain. The current treatment of ED centers around the use of Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra. Intraurethral pellets and intracavernosal (penile injectable agents) are also available if oral medications fail. Various mechanical external vacuum pump devices are helpful also in patients who are comfortable with assisted devices. Penile revascularization surgery has mostly fallen out of favor due to poor outcomes in most patients. At this time, the only treatment available to patients who have not succeeded with any of the above are surgically implanted hydraulic penile prostheses. These surgeries are somewhat invasive but mostly effective. Adipose derived stem cells have shown extraordinary promise in revascularizing cardiac tissue, ischemic limbs and other organs suffering damage from poor blood flow by regenerating small blood vessels as well as smooth muscle and nerves. We have evidence that adipose-derived stem cells stimulate endothelial (small blood vessel lining) growth and improve penile blood flow in animal models. Early attempts have been made in human patients to re-vascularize their penile arteries using stem cells from umbilical cord blood and results showed great promise as discussed at a 2008 meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando Florida. At Chicago Stem Cell Treatment Center, we have a protocol to deploy extremely high numbers of adipose derived stem cells into the penile corpora cavernosa to naturally revascularize the penis allowing recovery of normal erections.

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Do you have additional questions on how stem cells work and how they relate to your condition?  Contact us today to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Ritacca, Founder of the Chicago Stem Cell Treatment Center.  To get the process started, simply fill out our short CSCTC Confidential Candidate Application.  Once we receive your application, a stem cell coordinator will call you to schedule your phone or in person consultation with Dr. Ritacca. We look forward to educating you on the latest research for stem cell therapy.