What kind of treatment is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?
This medical procedure uses a series of acoustic waves to target some of the causes of erectile dysfunction (ED).
The likelihood of experiencing ED increases with age for most men. A man in his 40s has about a 40% chance of encountering erectile dysfunction, whereas men in their 80s have around an 80% chance of experiencing some version of ED. Not only does natural aging usually lead to a degradation of blood vessels inside the penis, but also surrounding tissues are less able retain blood and fill totally. Erections are impossible or reduced in quality without proper blood supply.
ESWT is a Non-Invasive, Surgery-Free, and Drug-Free, ED Treatment
How is ESWT used to treat ED?
ESWT’s treatment of erectile dysfunction could result from a variety of factors. One theory suggests the veins and tissue structures are activated by vibrations of the acoustic waves to regenerate more quickly. Some think the treatment improves expansion thresholds of penis tissues for an erection. These areas that facilitate erections are targeted by ESWT. Some patients have claimed to have better erections following this treatment, as displayed by their self-reported scoring. This can also mean personal health improvements emotionally and relationally.
Similar to how the causes for ED can vary greatly from one man to another, men receiving ESWT treatment may experience different results. Individuals may even optimize results by using a combination of treatments, such as adding oral medication in addition to ESWT. So far, there have been many studies evaluating ESWT’s success and possible side effects, and most report a hopeful outlook for the treatment moving forward. Rare bruising or broken blood vessels are possible in a minority of cases with some potential for irritation or tenderness following treatment. More serious side effects have not been observed at this point.
Treatment sessions for ESWT usually take close to 30 minutes.
Does ESWT work?
Research results have largely favored ESWT as a treatment of ED. Successes are determined by self-reported scores using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) Questionnaire. While there are multiple versions, IIEFs are a dynamic, verified way of tracking qualitative progress for treatments of erectile dysfunction.
In 2017, an analysis in The Journal of Sexual Medicine compiled the results of 602 patients across seven randomized controlled trials and found an improved average IIEF score of 6.4 points.
J Sex Med. 2017 Jan;14(1):27-35
Why should I use ESWT to treat my ED?
Along with the positive effect on (IIEF) scores that many studies have found with ESWT, the treatment also:
– does not require injections
– does not require surgery
– does not require drugs
ED issues can be embarrassing and can begin significantly affecting a man’s overall health and mindset. But, there’s hope. Many men have found an improvement in sexual performance using treatments like ESWT. Speak with one of our licensed providers by calling or by scheduling an appointment through our website. Take a step in treating your ED and see if ESWT is right for you.
(IIEF) scores have been shown to increase with ESWT treatment
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