Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Stem Cell Therapy


A new study reports that "Damage to parts of the penis vital for proper erections has been repaired for the first time with the help of stem cells. In rats, the treatment restored full erections, improved blood flow and accelerated healing." There is hope that eventually stem cell techniques will be able to help men suffering from peyronie's disease.

 In the study one groups of rats received a tissue only graft while another received grafts mixed in with stem cells. The stem cell group experienced better healing (less scarring) and better sexual function than the other group.

 Don't get too excited though as a number of current peyronie's disease treatments are very successful in rats in comparison to people. The next step is to test it on primates, and then eventually men. Stem cells are already being put to amazing uses and so this is definitely as area which potentially holds promise for the future. With scarring causing curvature and indentations in peyronie's disease sufferers, the more methods we have for altering/changing/stretching/disolving scar tissue the better. In theory stem cell therapy could eventually be the holy grail for us. That day may be some time off yet though.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Peyronie's Disease Question Via Email

I have just been looking through your website and was interested to note that mechanical devices are now beginning to get some support from urologists in the treatment of Peyronie's Disease. I last saw a specialist in Nov 10 and was told there was no treatment apart from surgical intervention. I had lost any hope of achieving any improvement but would be keen to try a vacuum pump. Could you recommend a suitable device?

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I have a vacuum pump that I ordered off the bostonpump.com website. It took a while to arrive but all in all I'm pretty happy with it.

It's a shame that your specialist didn't ackowledge conservative treatments. Some top specialists in the states advise a combined approach of pentoxifylline and traction device for example, the logic being that some men will improve enough to not require surgery, and others will gain some length back, which, even if they do eventually have surgery is positive. 

Regards,

Peyronie's Disease UK