Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
Most guys struggle with sexual performance issues at some point. But if the inability to get and maintain an erection persists long enough to disrupt sex and intimacy, it may mean erectile dysfunction (ED) needs to be treated.
Increasing blood flow to the penis through PDE5 inhibitor medications like Viagra or penis artery reconstruction (vascular reconstructive surgery) may come with some high risks and costs.
If you’re seeking an ED treatment that offers few side effects and no downtime, low-intensity Shockwave Therapy delivers low-energy acoustic waves to stimulate new blood vessel growth in the penis, increasing the size, vascularity, and duration of your erections.
Discover how our discreet and compassionate sexual health specialists can help you achieve the sexual enjoyment you desire and deserve. To speak with a Shockwave specialist, call today!
How can shockwaves treat ED?
Like an airplane breaking the sound barrier with a super sonic boom that can shatter a car window, Shockwave Therapy can shatter hardened, painful scar tissue.
Like glass, scar tissue is non-elastic – that’s why it prevents normal movement and function, weakening surrounding normal tissue, and often causing further painful damage.
Shockwave Therapy functions somewhat like a “controlled explosion.” Low frequency acoustic waves travel through damaged penal plaque where they may:
- release free radicals like nitric oxide
- expand blood vessels
- activate dormant stem cells in the penis
- stimulate cell regeneration and tissue growth
- increase penis size and stamina
Shockwave Therapy for erectile dysfunction has shown to be a useful alternative for those who can’t tolerate ED medications like Viagra. One study analyzed the results of Shockwave Therapy (3,000 shockwaves weekly for 12 weeks) on ED patients who failed to respond to phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor drugs. By the end of the study nearly two-thirds of them could achieve an erection sufficient for vaginal penetration during intercourse; 94.3% of them were also able to maintain their strong erections 3-months later.1 No Shockwave Therapy side effects were reported.
The entire procedure may take about 15 to 20 minutes. First, our sexual health specialists apply anesthetic cream to the penis to prevent any pain or discomfort. Then they use a carefully placed hand-held probe called a lithotripter to administer pressure waves. The tip of this Shockwave Therapy machine will also be coated with a special gel.
You may experience shaking or an intense vibration during the procedure. Shockwave Therapy side effects include a tingly sensation or mild pain or reddish swelling. You may also form erections at unintended times more frequently.
Eight to twelve weeks after the procedure, new genital blood vessels will form, powering stronger, longer-lasting erections.
Who is not a candidate for Shock Wave Therapy?
Although this therapy is regenerative and non-invasive, it may have harmful effects in bodies with other conditions or sensitive life stages. Shockwave Therapy for ED may cause contraindications in:
- patients under 18 years of age
- patients with infections
- patients with open growth plates or metal pins
- patients with malignant tumors
- patients with nerve or circulation disorders
- patients taking anticoagulants