Erectile dysfunction (ED) is very common, affecting nearly 50% of men over the age of 40.
Left untreated, ED can have significant impact on a man’s relationship, self-esteem and overall well being.
Platelet Rich Plasma penile injection therapy (also commonly known as PRP shots) is a new, regenerative treatment option for erectile dysfunction, now available in Vancouver at Pollock Clinics.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) has also been a successful treatment modality in orthopedics, plastic surgery, and sports medicine.
There is promising scientific data that shows the potential ability of PRP in regeneration of erectile tissue.
The practice of this therapy is currently considered an experimental treatment modality for ED according to 2018 Erectile Dysfunction guideline by American Urological Association.
How the PRP Shot Works
Platelet rich plasma injection is a simple and near painless procedure which uses platelet rich plasma (PRP) drawn from your own blood to treat erectile dysfunction.
Platelets posses a variety of growth factors and substances with reparative and healing properties. There is promising scientific date that shows the potential ability and safety of PRP therapy in improving the health and functioning of erectile tissue.
PRP therapy is a well-tolerated procedure that usually has no impact on your medications or health conditions.
The doctors at Pollock Clinics are pleased to be able to administer this new treatment to Vancouver men who could potentially benefit from this treatment.
The PRP ED Treatment Procedure at Pollock Clinics
The platelet rich plasma injection is created from the patient’s own blood.
The blood goes through a proprietary process to separate the platelets into a concentrated plasma – Platelet Rich Plasma.
These platelets are used for the PRP injection.
The penile injection delivers several different growth factors which stimulate the cells, collagen and blood vessels to rejuvenate tissue.
PRP injections could be an excellent choice for men with health conditions that are risk factors for pharmaceuticals.
What to Expect During Your Visit
When you arrive, our staff will take to an examination room to draw your blood. Patients will wait in the room while we process the plasma. The entire process will take roughly 30 minutes.
Patients will remove their clothing below the waist and lie on the table in preparation for the injections.
We will apply a numbing cream to the genital area. Following the topical numbing cream, the doctor will inject the penis with a local anaesthetic.
Once the area is frozen, the doctor injects the PRP along the shaft and the glans of the penis.
The injections take about 5 minutes and the procedure is complete.
Benefits of PRP Injections for ED Treatment
The biggest benefit of a PRP injection is that they are simple injections using the patient’s on blood plasma.
PRP injections are safe and approved by Health Canada.
The benefits of PRP Therapy can include:
- Increased sensation and pleasure
- Improved self-confidence
- Restored intimacy in relationships
Current scientific studies on PRP Treatments for ED
Investigative and Clinical Urology:
Safety and feasibility of platelet rich fibrin matrix injections for treatment of common urologic conditions
Journal of Sexual Medicine:
Efficacy of autologous platelet-rich plasma for the treatment of erectile dysfunction