Shockwave Therapy for Erectile dysfunction: The newest treatment for impotence
If you are dealing with ED, you are not alone: ED is a condition that effects millions of men around the world. The good news is that today there are effective treatment options available which can help. Many cases of ED are caused by vascular issues. Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a relatively new and innovative method to treat vascular ED. It is painless and many patients report a noticeable improvement of their ability to achieve an erection within a few weeks.
The standard treatment options, including PD5 inhibitors (i.e. Viagra) or penile injection, treat erectile dysfunction as a symptom not treating the underlying causes. These treatments allow you to achieve on-demand erections before and during sexual intercourse, but they do NOT restore your normal erectile function and DO NOT reduce the penile fibrosis responsible for the impotence.
Shockwave therapy for ED: How it works?
Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. In the medical world, they have been used successfully, treating various medical conditions since around 1980. Shockwave therapy is also used to treat kidney stones and conditions like arthritis. . When used for these conditions, the intensity of the shockwaves are higher.
When applied to the penis, shockwaves cause minor damage to the penile tissue. During the healing process, new blood vessels are formed, which increase the blood flow to the penis. This may result in improved ability to get and maintain an erection.
Oral and endocavernal injection therapy are symptomatic therapies for ED; they cure the symptom without changing erectile dysfunction, which persists unchanged when the effect of the drug ceases. Instead, low-intensity shockwave therapy aims to reduce the penile fibrosis and stimulate the regeneration of the cavernous tissue which can thus recover its functional efficiency.
Can I be treated?
In theory, shockwave treatment can help all patients with ED and even improve erection in men who do not have any problem, so much so that it can be used as a prevention for ED itself. A full diagnostic evaluation is important before proceeding with treatment to determine the optimal therapeutic protocol.
What are the expected benefits?
Shockwave therapy can benefit most men suffering from impotence and ED*
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shockwave therapy for ED can help in the following type of patients:
- Patients with mild to moderate ED that respond well to PDE-5 inhibitors might be able to regain their natural erections and no longer need – or reduce their dependence on medication.
- Patients with moderate to severe ED that do not respond to PDE-5 medication and rely on injections or other topical treatments may become more respondent to PDE-5 medication after shockwave therapy.
- Shockwave therapy will in most cases improve the r results of other treatment modalities.
*If you are suffering from stress-related or very severe ED then shockwave therapy might not be an appropriate treatment
How the Shockwave session Works?
Shockwave therapy is the latest treatment strategy for patients suffering from ED. It improves natural erections and potentially reducing impotence. In addition, shockwave therapy has the following advantages:
- Non-invasive treatment lasting 20 minutes – walk in and walk out within 30 minutes
- No medication required
- Fewer complications than other treatment modalities
- During your treatment session, a medical applicator, which delivers low-intensity shockwaves, is applied to your genital area.
- Each session is performed by an expert and certified Andrologist in a relaxed medical room with little to no pain and discomfort
- We recommend a minimum of 6 sessions (1-3 sessions per week) and up to 12 shockwave sessions for more severe ED cases.
The effects of shockwave therapy are permanent, and this is demonstrated by several published scientific evidences. However, for some, ED is caused by their lifestyle, and that too will need to change in order for shockwave therapy to have a permanent effect The improvements induced by shock wave therapy can be reversed over time if the problems underlying the disorder are not resolved.
Usually patients respond well to shockwave therapy, but it may take a few months for maximum effect. If after 3-4 months the patient still does not show a significant improvement, other therapeutic modalities will be considered.