What's the best ED treatment for you? The Priapus or P-Shot? Gainswave therapy? Erectile Dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is in a state of transition in regards to therapy options available to patients who suffer from the condition. This transition is primarily due to some of the newer treatment options and advances in methodology that a qualified physician has at his or her disposal today.
When it comes to the treatment of ED, the traditional erectile dysfunction treatment options are still available and reliable. These traditional therapies include for example hormone (testosterone) replacement therapy, oral prescription medications (e.g. Viagra and Cialis), vacuum erection devices, penile injection therapy and penile implants. However, what makes these newer treatment options now available so different is that, basically, all of the traditional treatment modalities used for ED are ‘on-demand’ type therapies, medications and/or procedures and their use is aimed at improving a single specific sexual encounter as its objective or goal. The newer treatments now being utilized for erectile dysfunction, such as the P-Shot and GAINSWave, are current ED treatment modalities that offer patients a corrective therapy with long lasting positive results.
Erectile dysfunction, also commonly called ED or impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection on repeated occasions. It's estimated that about two out of every one-hundred American men have erectile dysfunction serious enough to warrant a doctor's visit, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. As men age, their risk of developing erectile dysfunction increases. Approximately thirty million American men currently suffer from erectile dysfunction, plus recent studies have proven that one out of every two US males over the age of 40 suffers from ED! For these men the newest ED treatments now available such as GAINSWave and the P-Shot offer ED patients alternative solutions that are safe, plus offers these patients the hope of obtaining long term positive results in their treatments.
What is GAINSWave™?
According to the official website, GAINSWave™ is "a safe, comfortable and proven procedure for men to optimize sexual performance and to reverse the effects of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) due to poor blood flow." It is NOT a drug or medication and is a surgery free, non-invasive technique utilizing low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy to improve sexual performance. This therapy has been used in Europe for well over fifteen years now with great success. The GAINSWave™ therapy works by opening existing blood vessels in the penis using high-frequency acoustic waves. It also eliminates micro-plaque within the vessels and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. The result is increased blood flow to the penis resulting in stronger, harder and more sustainable erections.
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient, but typically 6-12 treatments is recommended. Each session lasts only about 20-30 minutes, yet the benefits have been shown to last for as long as up to two years.
The Technology Of How GAINSWave™ Works
GAINSWave™ utilizes what is known as low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (LI-ESWT). These shock waves are actuary acoustic waves that carry energy and they can be targeted and very focused on the blood vessels that cause erectile dysfunction in many men. Although it may sound extremely complicated, the following physiological process is what actually takes place:
- The LI-ESWT is focused and interacts with the targeted area to cause mechanical stress and microtrauma.
- This micro-trauma (or stress) results in biological reactions that release what are medically known as angiogenic factors.
- These angiogenic factors then initiate the neovascularization of the area that leads to an increased blood supply to the affected area.
- Finally, the increased blood supply results in a marked improvement of the ED patient's ability to achieve a natural or spontaneous erection (plus maintain his erection).
The underlying functional cause of erectile dysfunction in many men is an insufficient arterial blood flow in the corpora cavernosa that contain the majority of the blood in a man's penis during an erection. By effectively improving the cavernosal arterial flow, low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been clinically proven to improve erectile function and has become an effective and noninvasive treatment for ED. Basically, all of the current treatment modalities for ED are ‘on-demand’ therapies and their use is to improve a single sexual encounter. Shockwave therapy so far is the only current ED treatment modality that offers patients a corrective therapy with long lasting positive results.
Additionally, there have been numerous scientific studies to support the results of LI-ESWT treatment of ED. An entire discussion by the US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health (NIH) covers many of them in great detail. Perhaps the study in 2012 conducted by Vardi et al. was the most comprehensive and best documented. Of the sixty ED patients studied in the clinical trial, most of the men have been routinely re-evaluated for more than two years and they all report that the beneficial response that was achieved immediately after the shockwave therapy has not diminished.
What are the Benefits of GAINSWave?
There are no known side effects to the treatment. GAINSWave therapy is effective and completely painless. Moreover, none of the men in the clinical studies cited above reported any treatment associated pain or any adverse effects or events during or after their treatment.
As compared with the existing traditional treatments being used for erectile dysfunction, LI-ESWT is rather unique. This is because it is actually restorative and corrective of the underlying problem involved with ED and the result can be the enabling of a patient's natural or spontaneous erections. GAINSWave™ works on the "root cause" and helps to improve blood flow to the penis by expanding the existing blood vessels and stimulating the growth of new ones. Some of the benefits that patient's experience from GAINSWave therapy include:
- Drug Free
- Surgery Free
- Improves Blood Flow
- Improved Erection Quality
- Harder and More Full Erections
- Improved Sexual Performance
- Improved Sensitivity
- Side Effect Free
What is a Priapus Shot® or P-Shot ?
The Priapus Shot® or P-Shot is actually a nonsurgical procedure that utilizes the growth factors a man already has in his own body to naturally stimulate penis rejuvenation and growth and thus helping men who suffer from the symptoms of ED.
Named after the Greek god of fertility, Priapus, it is an extremely simple and nonsurgical procedure that basically only takes only about twenty minutes at the doctor's office. The Priapus Shot® can help men who are suffering from the following:
• The inability to obtain or maintain erections when sexually aroused
• Have an incomplete erection
• Suffer from diminished stamina during sexual intercourse
Since erectile dysfunction affects about half of the men over the age of 40 in the United States alone, the Priapus Shot® procedure has been clinically proven as an effective alternative in managing the normal effects of aging, with positive effects lasting over a year in numerous individuals.
How is the P-Shot Procedure Actually Performed?
During the P-Shot procedure, the doctor will start by applying a numbing anesthetic cream to the patient's penis. The patient's blood is then drawn from the arm, the same as it is when a patient is having a simple blood test. Using a centrifuge, plus specialized technology and methodology, a man's own platelets that are found normally in his blood are then isolated and the result is that the concentrated, naturally occurring platelets are now known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). They're quickly transferred into another tube where the addition of a little calcium chloride solution "trick" the platelets into thinking that they are still in the patient's body and that the man's body has been injured. These "tricked" platelets then release their almost "magical" growth and healing factors into the liquid also present in the tube. The physician, using a very thin needle, will then inject this Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) back into very specific areas of the man's penis. The patient will feel very little pain (or none at all) because this area has been previously numbed by the application of the anesthetic cream.
Results Seen With the P-Shot and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
This medical process has been clinically proven to help rejuvenate parts of the human body, including the penis, and to help restore them to their more youthful state in numerous documented trials and studies. Initially developed for use primarily in athletics, the P-Shot's efficacy and results lead to the use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in other surgical applications such as plastic surgery and facelifts. As seen with the initial treatment of athletic injuries, the cosmetic use of the P-Shot demonstrated the following positive results:
- No allergic reactions (since this is actually coming from a patient's own body, the body does not react to it as a foreign substance)
- Bruising is minimal (if at all)
- The effects lasted at least 18 months and in many cases were permanent
- There was actual growth of new tissue via the stimulation of unipotent stem cells.
- The the treatment stimulated new blood flow with new blood vessels (not from the simple dilation of the existing blood vessels)
In many men suffering from the symptoms of erectile dysfunction the patient may additionally notice an increase in penis size, as well as enjoying the positive effects of alleviating their ED symptoms immediately after the initial procedure. This has been supported by research data and attributed to the fact that the PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) both induces and promotes new tissue growth. Many diseases are treatable with new tissue growth and erectile dysfunction is among them. In fact, all the way back in 2003 in the Journal of Urology, while discussing new therapies for erectile dysfunction it was noted that “neovascularization using vascular growth factors has been demonstrated to be feasible in animal models.” Translation: If you inject growth factors into an animal’s penis, then it grows new blood vessels and new tissue and gets a bigger harder penis.
The Priapus Shot® Provider Group
Only members of what's known as the Priapus Shot® Provider Group are considered to be properly trained in the P-Shot procedure and therefore have the proper understanding of the methodology and follow the standards which include the use of laboratory equipment approved by the FDA for the preparation of platelets to go back into a patient's body and the use of very specific methods. Others may be doing a similar process, or they may be doing an inferior process, but only those physicians listed in the Priapus Shot® Provider Group are licensed to use the procedure. Anyone else using the name is possibly doing an inferior or even dangerous procedure. At best, they are illegally claiming to be in a group to which they do not belong.
Questions about GAINSWave or The Priapus Shot®? Contact Philadelphia Urology Associates For Answers!
At Philadelphia Urology Associates, Dr. Bruce Sloane is a nationally renowned specialist in Men's Health issues and Age Management Medicine. Throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, patients seek his expertise to treat erectile dysfunction, Peyronie's disease and other sexual performance issues. Using state-of-the-art equipment and having extensive specialized education and training, Dr. Sloane will find the treatments and solutions that will work for you.
Additionally, Dr. Sloane is highly trained and well experienced in the use of both the P-Shot and GAINSWave for his patients. He is considered perhaps the leading authority in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, with extensive experience using all the treatments that are available for his patients having ED. Dr. Sloane uses an educational approach with his patients, thus treating each as a unique individual and providing them with the best possible treatment options for their specific individual needs.
If you have any questions about GAINSWave, the P-Shot or Priapus Shot® treatment (or any other treatments available for erectile dysfunction), we urge you to contact us now online or call us at (215) 563-1199 today to discuss how we can help you!