Phoenix doctor using stem cells to treat prostate surgery side effects

September is prostate health awareness month.

One out of every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. 

Of those, many will undoubtedly undergo surgery.

"There are treatment complications, no matter what the choices a patient will make," said Dr. Mitchell Kaye, a urologist with HonorHealth. "The most concerning, of course, are erectile dysfunction, impotence or incontinence."

Kaye specializes in treating those side effects through stem cell therapy. 

"The body has innate stem cells," Kaye said. "Stem cells are cells that can differentiate into any cell type in your body, and we have a unique protocol to differentiate them into blood vessels and nerve tissue that can help improve the quality of erectile function."

In other words, he does a procedure to stimulate stem cells to turn into either blood vessels or nerve tissues improving erectile function. 

The patient's blood is put into a centrifuge which isolates platelet-rich plasma. That plasma is then injected back into the body stimulating the stem cells.

To stimulate the stem cells, Kaye then uses a machine to deliver pulses directly to the erectile tissue through the skin.

Kaye says the process takes about ten minutes to complete and involves relatively little discomfort. 

Walk for POP, a prostate cancer awareness walk, is taking place at Kiwanis Park in Tempe on Saturday, Sept. 24. You can find details about the walk and how to sign up here

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