What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?
This medical procedure utilizes a series of acoustic waves as a treatment method for erectile dysfunction (ED).
A man’s risk of experiencing some kind of ED increases with age. Based on the studies we’ve reviewed, men in their 40s have about a 40% chance of encountering ED, with each proceeding decade increasing that chance by another 10%. Generally, blood vessels of the penis tend to deteriorate with age, and surrounding tissues have been found to decrease in their capacity to retain blood for an erection. Men with these issues will likely be unable to achieve or maintain the quality of erection they experienced in their youth.
ESWT is a Non-Invasive, Surgery-Free, and Drug-Free, ED Treatment
How does ESWT work as an ED treatment?
The exact mechanism of action is still being studied, but researchers theorize that the energy alone from the acoustic waves can cause specific parts of the penis to induce the release of angiogenic factors, which can lead to neovascularization of tissues and improvement of blood pathways. Another possibility is that ESWT improves tractability of penis tissues that need to expand during the erection process. ESWT’s treatment of ED uses acoustical waves by targeting these blood vessels and tissues. Many men have tried this treatment method and reported qualitative improvement in their erections, meaning ESWT can help treat the effects of ED and potentially improve patients’ sexual experiences overall.
As with many medical treatments, the results may vary for each individual. Additionally, in some cases men can benefit from using a combination of other treatment protocols, like oral medication along with ESWT if medically advised. So far, multiple studies have evaluated potential side effects and the effectiveness of ESWT as a treatment method for ED. Results find minimal negative side effects, the most common of which are reddening of the skin, swelling, and soreness. Less commonly, petechiae (minor broken blood vessels), and hematomas (or bruising) have been noted. There may be other unobserved side effects at this time that could be discovered with the Practice of Medicine.
Treatment sessions for ESWT usually take close to 30 minutes.
What are the results of ESWT?
When evaluating the effectiveness of ESWT, the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) Questionnaire scores are used by numerous studies. IIEFs are well regarded, multi-faceted, self-evaluated investigations that are used for clinical assessments concerned with erectile dysfunction and treatment results in medical research. Success of a treatment is usually determined by improved IIEF scores.
A meta-analysis involving 602 patients across seven randomized, controlled trials by the The Journal of Sexual Medicine found a reported average improvement in IIEF of 6.4 points following ESWT treatment.
J Sex Med. 2017 Jan;14(1):27-35
What are the benefits of using ESWT?
Not only have multiple studies on ESWT found reported increases of erectile dysfunction (IIEF) scores, but as a medical procedure it is
– free from surgery
– independent of drugs or harsh chemicals
A man’s overall health and confidence can suffer from negative sexual experiences resulting from ED. The good news is that there are available treatments like ESWT that can help combat erectile dysfunction. Schedule an appointment today where you can learn more detail about ESWT, and find out if it can help your sex life.
Research shows that ESWT increases (IIEF) scores
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