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SHOCKWAVE THERAPY TO TREAT ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION-AN ADVANCED TREATMENT OPTION

  • medical_centre
  • February 8, 2020

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition marked by inability of a man to achieve an erection or to maintain it even for a while. ED affects most men between the ages of 40 and 70.

There are medicines available over the counter also Andrologists prescribe a few medicines to perform better. But, medicines eventually affect heart, liver and other organs.

All men with ED look for better options to help them getting rid of erection problem. These men may see improvement in their sexual performance with one of the latest advancements in treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy, commonly known as Shockwave therapy is a non- invasive mode of treatment that is now being offered for men with ED caused by inadequate blood flow to the penis, called Vasculogenic ED. A man whose blood flow is obstructed to the penis may have weaker erections or may have no erections at all.

Shockwave therapy uses energy to initiate a process that develops new blood vessels and ultimately it improves the blood flow to the region where shockwaves are administered.

Medicines may work for only one sexual encounter at a time as medicines are typically consumed whenever needed.

However, Shockwave therapy is different from medicines, as this therapy targets the erectile mechanism so that men are more likely to have erections naturally.

In this process, the doctor or clinician applies a probe coated with gel to the penis to target the different areas of the penis. Low intensity sound waves that are non-invasive too are passed through the erectile tissue. These waves restores the erectile function naturally by removing the plaque build-up in blood vessels and encourage the growth of new blood vessels. One session of shockwave therapy lasts upto 20 minutes. No anaesthesia is given in these sessions so the patient can go back home immediately after the therapy.

Low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy is safe treatment for Men with erectile dysfunction.

How does Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction work?

A natural erection happen when the blood flow in penis is good hence low blood flow is the main causing factor for erectile dysfunction. As mentioned earlier in the article, in shockwave therapy, sessions of low intensity sound waves are passed through the erectile tissues using a probe.

Each session stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and remove the plaque build-up in blood vessels. Shockwave therapy may help Men to experience better erections and improve sexual performance.

Who can benefit from Shockwave Therapy?

All Men suffering with erectile dysfunction can likely benefit from shockwave therapy but mild to moderate cases are benefitted more as compared to those with severe ED. Shockwave therapy may cure the erection loss in most cases and can help men who struggle with getting or maintaining an erection.

Shockwave therapy may be a good option for men who…

  • Are looking for a treatment to reverse the underlying cause of ED which is obstructed blood flow
  • Desire for a better response to the medicines already being taken to treat ED
  • Looking for some non-surgical or non-invasive treatment to treat erectile dysfunction

The total number of sessions required are different for each case but usually minimum 5 sessions are recommended for a moderate case. About 50% of men experience an improvement in their erectile function after third session.

However Men who experienced erectile dysfunction after nerve damage due to pelvic fracture or spinal cord injury or those who have psychological erectile dysfunction hardly respond to shockwave therapy.

How long does Shockwave Therapy for ED work or last?

The results of shockwave therapy depends on certain factors like age, severity of disease, diabetes, individual’s lifestyle. But usually the effects of shockwave therapy stay positive up to 2 years.

Is Shockwave Therapy FDA Approved?

Shock Wave therapy is not currently FDA approved. However, significant testing and experiences of many patients prove Shock Wave therapy to be effective in almost 80% of patients.

Is Shockwave Therapy covered by insurance?

Currently no insurance company covers the shockwave therapy, still we advise men to confirm from their insurance company directly.

Results of shockwave therapy

Several clinical trials of shockwave therapy for Erectile dysfunction have had positive results. The whole process is painless and well tolerated by patients. Most men have gained improvements in their sexual performances after a few sessions of shockwave therapy.

Men with severely affected by Erectile dysfunction also experience the positive effects of shockwave therapy but such men with more severe ED may still need to take ED medication in addition to having shockwave therapy to enhance the effects of shockwave therapy.

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