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Stem Cells: The New Viagra?

By New You Editorial
Posted On Mar 30, 2011

From face to breasts to knees, fat is arguably one of the most innovative aesthetic and functional fixes around. The latest intriguing application? Fat grafting for ED – erectile dysfunction. Stem cell pioneers at the California Stem Cell Treatment Center have entered the arena of urology. For anyone familiar with adipose-derived stem cells, it makes perfect sense: When stem cells are introduced to a new organ, they first seek to vascularize any new tissue they create. This is why so many doctors are reporting success with stem-cell rich fat grafts. The stem cells create capillary systems that keep the new fat alive (fat grafts without stems cells would lose up to 50% of their volume). “The main cause for erectile dysfunction is micro-vascular breakdown,” says CSCTC co-medical director Mark Berman, MD, which means the male organ can’t engorge. “The adipose stem cells have shown to grow back blood vessels.” So far the center has injected only a handful of volunteer patients, and the results are a couple of months away. But if the results are consistent, says Dr. Berman, more formal studies won’t be far behind.

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