The Priapus Shot ® is a 30-45 min procedure that begins with the application of an anaesthetic cream to the penis and a simple blood draw. Most of the time is spent drawing the patient’s blood and spinning it to prepare the growth factor-rich PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). It takes about 5 – 10 minutes to inject into this area.
Blood is drawn from the arm (just like when you have a blood test done). The tubes of blood are put in a centrifuge. The platelets, the rich portion of the blood, are transferred into another tube. Higher concentrations of calcium chloride can usually be found in the tissue than in the blood, so when the doctor adds calcium chloride to the PRP, the platelets think that tissue injury released the calcium into the blood stream. The platelets release growth factors into the liquid in the tube. The liquid is transferred into a syringe and injected into the penis, directly into the corpus cavernosum and into the glans (the head of the penis), using a tiny needle and in a way that distributes the growth factors in the proper way. Because these areas have been numbed with a local anesthetic cream, patients experience little or no discomfort during the procedure.
PRP has been used effectively for a variety of treatments for more than 20 years.
Over 500,000 procedures involving the injection of PRP into various parts of the body have been performed with no significant side effects or complications reported (unlike the granuloma formation that happens with other accepted procedures).
This extra calcium chloride triggers the platelets to release at least 7 different growth factors that then trigger the unipotent stem cells to grow younger tissue–rejuvenating cells.
The Priapus Shot is a procedure that can be performed on the same day as the consultation. The procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Most of this time is spent preparing the PRP and getting the injection area numb. The injection is a 5-10 minute procedure. Typically, the procedure does not have to be repeated more often that once every 18 months.
Most people have one injection in 12 - 18months but a few patients elect to have a second injection in 6months.
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