Low Energy Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction is among one of the newer and less invasive ways to treat this common sexual challenge. The therapy uses energy from acoustic waves to trigger a process called neovascularization in certain parts of the body. When neovascularization occurs, new blood vessels form. This helps improve blood flow to the region.
This type of therapy has been used to help heart patients and those with fractures and joint inflammation. Recently, scientists have investigated low-intensity shockwave therapy to help men with erectile dysfunction.
Blood flow is critical to a man’s erections. When a man is sexually stimulated, arteries widen so that his penis can fill with blood. The blood is what gives the penis the firmness needed for vaginal penetration. A man who has problems with blood flow to the penis may have weaker erections or may be unable to have erections at all.
There are several types of treatments available to men with erectile dysfunction, however these therapies are typically conducted on an as-needed basis and may work for only one sexual encounter at a time. Shockwave therapy is different, as it targets the erectile mechanism so that men are more likely to have erections on their own.
To administer shockwave therapy, a clinician applies a probe to the penis, which is coated in a special gel. Different areas of the penis are usually targeted. Treatment sessions may last for fifteen to twenty minutes. Men don’t need anesthesia or experience pain, although they might have a tingling sensation in the treated area.
Clinical trials of shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction have had encouraging results. The process has been well tolerated by patients. Many men have found that their erections have improved and they are able to have intercourse. Men with more severe erectile dysfunction may still need to take erectile dysfunction medication in addition to having shockwave therapy.
Our patient data indicate that Low Energy Shockwave Therapy is most effective in men age 65 or younger, with a fictionality result on the erectile mechanism of up to 70% of the cases. After the age of 65 results drop to 50% of the cases. 30% of our patients chose to proceed to a second cycle of Shockwave Therapy, which improved their erectile function to 80%. Our data show that a second cycle of Shockwaves Therapy improves the therapeutic result even further.