If you are an athlete, you may have heard about PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. PRP has long been utilized by sports doctors to treat orthopedic conditions including tendonitis, ligament and muscle strains, arthritis, joint pain, inflammation, and cartilage injuries. In recent years, PRP therapy has truly revolutionized the world of orthopedics and sports medicine by offering a non-invasive, highly effective way to ease pain while healing and rejuvenating injuries.
As in the sports medicine arena, PRP therapy, also known as the P-Shot® is now being applied to address sexual health issues and doctors are seeing results equally as impressive. At her anti-aging and sexual health practice, AgeWell, Dr. Amy Garza is using the P-Shot® to treat a number of sexual health and age-related conditions. The P-shot® has been used for treating ED in men with stunning results. The P-Shot® can be used in isolation as an injection in the penis as well as in conjunction with hormone pellet therapy, VibeMD sound wave therapy, and a vacuum erectile device (the Penis Pump). Often, men who have undergone this type of therapy using multifold methods and tools to treat ED have experienced results that very same day!
The process of administering the P-Shot® is relatively simple, making it a popular alternative to surgery and medications. The patient’s own blood is drawn and centrifuged, resulting in the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that contains multiple growth factors. This growth factor-rich plasma is then injected into the site where the issue is occurring—in the case of ED, the penis. While this sounds somewhat unpleasant, patients have noted that with numbing agents, the process is fairly innocuous. Dr. Amy Garza is a board-certified anesthesiologist, and nitrous oxide is also available to all patients who undergo procedures that require numbing. This can significantly reduce any anxiety that might be associated with the process.
The mixture of platelet-rich plasma with growth factors, all taken from the patient’s own body, stimulate the healing process at the injection site. This promotes the regeneration of tissue, blood vessels, and neurological network at and near the injection site. Many doctors are using the P-Shot® and PRP therapy in addition to sound wave therapy, and Dr. Garza is practiced at both of these processes and provides specific patient-centered recommendations for each ED case in her care.
The PRP procedure or P-Shot® performed safely and conveniently at our AgeWell offices typically takes about two hours. The ease of the procedure enables patients to be up and active the very same day. Because PRP uses the patient’s own cells, the process eliminates the possibility of negative side effects.
The use of a vacuum erectile device as part of therapy in combination with the P-Shot® has been shown to optimize the results. After the P-Shot® is administered, the patient uses the medical grade penis pump to help give the nerves and blood vessels in the penis exposure to good blood flow. The pump works as it creates a vacuum around the penis, enabling the patient to achieve and maintain an erection. The achievement of erection after the P-Shot® serves to enliven the neural pathways and blood vessels in the penis. The Penis Pump is, therefore, a very important piece of the therapy for erectile dysfunction after a P-Shot®
Peyronie’s Disease is a condition in which scar tissue forms under the skin of the penis, causing an unnatural (and often painful) curvature of the penis during an erection. Patients with Peyronie’s Disease can safely undergo the P-Shot® and VibeMD for a complete reversal of the disease. These procedures help increase circulation and tissue regeneration, as well as break down accumulated scar tissue, enabling the patient to achieve firmer, straighter, and pain-free erections. As with other conditions, men with Peyronie’s Disease benefit most by combining the P-Shot® and VibeMD therapies together.
Contact AgeWell and Dr. Garza to set up an appointment and discuss the P-Shot® and PRP therapy.