Ask the Doctor – What is the P-Shot?
Sexual health is something that is considered taboo to talk about. Most men in general have a difficult time talking to people about sexual performance and erectile dysfunction (ED). As men age, sexual performance may decrease as erections and stamina start to decline. Sexual intimacy is a major part of most adult lives and when the body does not respond as well as it used to, it can lead to many problems such as low self-esteem, anxiety, insecurity, and marital discord.
Erectile dysfunction is more prevalent in older men; however, it can affect younger adults as well. The P-shot® is a procedure designed just for men to enhance libido and rejuvenate the tissue and new blood-vessel growth in patients. We’ve asked Dr. John East of Addison Pain + Regenerative Medicine to tell us more about the P-Shot® and how it can help promote new tissue growth, enhance sensitivity, improve erections, and improve self-confidence.
What is the P-Shot?
The P-Shot, also known as the Priapus Shot, is a specific FDA approved method using blood-derived growth factors to rejuvenate the penis. The P-Shot was created to treat men with Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie’s Disease, and who desire modest immediate penis enlargement and increased sexual pleasure. The P-Shot® procedure is based on PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy used in recovery from muscle and joint pain and injuries.
How does the P-Shot work?
PRP is taken from one’s own body, through a blood draw in the patient’s arm. The material is spun in a centrifuge to draw out the platelets (growth factors), then injected into the penis to give the body the boost it needs to improve blood circulation and promote new tissue growth which results in an overall improvement in sexual function.
An easy way to think of PRP is like adding fertilizer to the soil. As growth factors are injected into damaged areas of the body, the healing process is amped up to restore structure and function, naturally.
What are the benefits of a P-Shot?
- Stronger, firmer erections
- Straightening of the penis
- Easier to achieve and maintain erections
- Immediately larger with an increase in penile length and girth
- Improvement in or resolution of painful, dysfunctional penile curvature from Peyronie’s disease
- Resolution of penile pain with erection
- Increased sensation and pleasure (may help to correct damage from diabetes)
- Better overall blood flow to the penis for a healthier organ
- Improvement in intimacy and relationships
- Make other therapies work better (if you still need Viagra or Cialis, then it will work better for you).
Is the P-Shot procedure painful?
A very strong topical numbing cream is used first and a penile anesthetic block is performed, resulting in a minimally painless procedure.
How long does the P-Shot procedure take?
Although the total office visit may take 45-60 minutes, the P-Shot is a quick in-office procedure that takes about 5-10 minutes once the area has been numbed. The procedure is quite simple, first blood is drawn from the patient and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and the platelets, which is called platelet-rich-plasma or PRP. Once the patient is properly numbed the PRP is then injected into the penis tissues.
How quickly do patients see the results?
Most patients see results within a few weeks of the procedure with maximum benefits occurring after three months. The results can last up to one year.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments can vary from person to person depending on the patient’s desired outcome. Sometimes an individual may only need one treatment, however results are seen with each subsequent treatment. Since your own PRP is used during the procedure, there is no limit to the number of P-Shot procedures a patient can receive. Maintenance treatment is recommended in 12-18 months, or when benefits decrease, after initial treatment. Some men prefer to have treatment every 6-12 months because the benefit is so great.
John East, D.O. is the owner of Addison Pain + Regenerative Medicine serving the DFW Metroplex. Dr. East has been practicing regenerative medicine since 2014 and is a leader in this field. He is board-certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Pain Medicine. Dr. East has completed advanced training and certification at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians (AASCP). Dr. East continues to study new treatment options and performs clinical trials surrounding the field of regenerative medicine. His latest endeavor is the completion of ozone certification and advanced Prolozone with Dr. Frank Shallenberger.