What is Chronic Prostatitis?
The prostate is a gland that makes up part of the male genital and urinary systems. It is located behind the pubic bone. The male urethra — which carries urine as it empties the bladder — passes through the prostate. In some men, chronic pain can develop in this area. The pain is often associated with difficulty, frequency, and pain when urinating. This pain is often associated with sexual dysfunction, including problems with having and maintaining an erection and problems with ejaculation. Occasionally, these problems are caused by an infection in the prostate and can be treated with antibiotics. However, many patients have no evidence of infection and require other means of treatment.
Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis
Since symptoms of chronic prostatitis depend on the cause of the condition, symptoms may vary from person to person. As such, you may experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent urination
- Urgent need to urinate
- Cloudy urine
- Blood in the urine
- Pain in the abdomen, groin, or lower back
- Pain in the area between the scrotum and rectum
- Pain or discomfort of the penis or testicles
- Painful ejaculation
- Flu-like signs and symptoms
What are the usual treatments for chronic prostatitis?
Treatments will depend on the cause of your condition. Antibiotics are often used as the first line of treatment, especially when urine cultures are positive. However, most men have negative urine cultures and many fail to improve with antibiotics. Drugs to help urine flow and decrease inflammation are used frequently, especially when cultures are negative. Physical therapy and other medications for chronic pain have also been used. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has been shown to help some patients. While most men respond, some men fail to respond to any of the above interventions. Others can have unwanted side effects.
How are stem cells used for chronic prostatitis?
At Innovations Medical, we take stem cells from your fat. We begin by numbing a small area, typically around your waist. We use a syringe to suction about three tablespoons of fat. We then process the fat to remove the stem cells. Once we have the stem cells, we give them back to the patient. For chronic prostatitis, some of the stem cells are returned to the patient using an IV. We also inject the tissue around the prostate. This requires a urologist and may increase the cost. In some patients, we can also add ESWT.
If You Have Chronic Prostatitis, Contact Innovations Medical
If you’re looking for an innovative treatment that can ease the symptoms and impact of chronic prostatitis, Innovations Medical is here for you. We’ll answer your questions and resolve any concerns you have about stem cell therapy.