Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

There are different ways to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Shockwave therapy, also known as Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (LIESWT) is becoming a popular and promising drug-free alternative for ED. It has been supported by many studies that have turned up encouraging results.

There is strong emerging literature to support the use of LIESWT, especially in vasculogenic ED, with many clinical studies reporting encouraging results in the use of LIESWT with improved erectile function, a good safety record and short-term durability.

In a recent meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled trials involving a total of nearly 900 men with vasculogenic ED, researchers reported that, compared with sham treatment, LISWT resulted in significant improvements in measures of erectile function and penile blood flow.

Aside from penile implants and lifestyle changes, techniques that include medication and injections represent on-demand treatment options. Shockwave therapy could be an alternative.

Inadequate blood supply to the penis is a common underlying cause of ED, known as vasculogenic ED. Shockwave therapy may work best for people with this condition, as experts believe it increases blood supply.

Shockwave Therapy: What is it?

Shockwave Therapy for ED works by applying low-intensity shock waves to the penis. A practitioner uses a handheld probe to administer these. A gel is used as an interface to conduct the shock pulses. A practitioner will apply a set number of shocks per minute, for a fixed amount of time. A session may last 15–20 minutes, and patients will require repeat treatments. A gel is used as an interface to conduct the shock pulses. People do not usually need an anesthetic, but they may experience a tingling sensation in the treatment area. The energy from LIESWT stimulates new blood vessel growth through a process called angiogenesis. This increases penile blood flow, which help improve erectile function. Shockwave Therapy also improve the effectiveness of pde5 inhibitors, which are oral drugs such as Viagra to treat ED. Shockwave therapy is an alternative, non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction. It is a recent technique that has emerged over the last decade and has shown promising results.

Currently, shockwave therapy for ED does not have approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means it is presently still seen as an investigational or experimental treatment.

Side effects of shockwave therapy for ED may include:

  • bruising of penile skin
  • blood in urine
  • penile skin infection
  • painful erection
  • pain or difficulty during sexual intercourse, due to the above

A 2019 review of clinical studies reports positive initial results from Shockwave Therapy, with a good safety record and an improvement in erectile function. However, more research is needed to determine the best treatment practices.

A 2017 study looked at the effects of Shockwave Therapy on erectile dysfunction in 710 people. Each participant received five weekly 20-minute sessions. Some also had additional drug treatments for ED. The study results showed Shockwave Therapy caused a significant improvement in erection quality in people with and without additional medication. A month after the sessions, there was a decrease in improvement. The researchers suggest that a longer treatment duration may provide better and longer-lasting results.

Shockwave therapy is still experimental since it is a relatively new therapy with no long-term data. However, research is ongoing about its effectiveness as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.

There are many alternative treatments for ED, including medications, lifestyle changes, and surgery. Strategies depend on the cause of ED and an individual’s medical history.

Some treatment options for ED include:

  • vacuum erection devices, or penis pumps, which are tubes that cover the penis and to create a vacuum, to sustain erections. Click HERE to learn more about Vacuum Erection Devices.
  • alprostadil, a drug that doctors can administer as a urethral suppository or inject directly into the penis
  • ED rings
  • surgical penile implant
  • supplements, though the FDA advises people to exercise caution with these

Other treatment options include lifestyle changes:

  • making dietary changes
  • considering alternatives to certain medications that may exacerbate ED, such as beta-blockers and antidepressants
  • avoiding smoking and alcohol
  • managing stress, emotional, or relationship issues, through relaxation or therapy
  • increasing exercise

Key Takeaway

Shockwave Therapy is a new and non-invasive potential treatment for ED. It is still under investigation and is yet to gain approval from the FDA as a treatment option. The only legitimate LIESWT for ED available currently is through clinical trials.

So far, research suggests it has some promise as a treatment for ED. Further studies will show whether LIESWT is an effective, safe, and long-term option for erectile dysfunction.

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