Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

What is Erectile Dysfunction

If you are unaware of erectile dysfunction, it can be a serious problem, but for some, it is not discussed nearly enough. So, let’s get started and dissect everything from the anatomy of erectile dysfunction to its causes and a revolutionary treatment method. 

But first, what is erectile dysfunction? Read on to find out more.

Definition of Erectile Dysfunction

By definition, erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Three out of every four men have the likelihood of experiencing this condition in their lifetime.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

Some of the most common symptoms for erectile dysfunction (ED) are as follows:

  • Difficulty getting and/or maintaining an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Peyronie’s disease (a curvature of the penis during an erection)
  • Premature ejaculation

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

When it comes to erectile dysfunction (ED), there can be various causes. Some are psychological with solutions involving an evolving mindset, while other causes are due to aging or other chronic conditions. Some common causes are:

  • A natural drop in hormonal activity
  • Stress
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Minor illness
  • Illegal drug use

The Ideal Candidate for the Procedure

If you’re experiencing mild to moderate ED, this may be the proper procedure for you! Here’s a list of other considerations that may make you an ideal candidate for low-intensity shockwave therapy:

  • Men who do not prefer oral medications, or who do not respond to oral medications
  • Men who value noninvasive procedures
  • Men experiencing unwanted side effects from other solution alternatives such as oral medication
  • Individuals whose ED is NOT psychological

This procedure is not recommended for individuals who suffer from severe ED or men with nerve damage caused by pelvic cancer surgery. Now that you know who would benefit from low-intensity shockwave therapy, what is the procedure and what should you consider?

Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LISWT)

It is an in-office procedure that takes about 15 minutes to complete. After reviewing all of the appropriate information, such as your current medications, your doctor will proceed as follows. By using a wand-like device that emits mild shockwaves, the specialist will treat various areas of the penis, which will result in increased stem cells within the erectile tissue, increased blood flow, and the development of new blood vessels. 

There is typically a one-day recovery period, after which you can resume your normal activities. To achieve optimal results, the procedure should be performed once a week for six consecutive weeks, and results can be observed after four to twelve weeks.

In some cases, men have been able to see results even sooner. In light of available research, this serves as a short term treatment that may need to be repeated in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there any risks?

A: As with any procedure, there are risks. Some side effects include bruising, mild to moderate pain after surgery, and hematuria; However, they are rare and the procedure is considered safe overall. 

Q: Is it painful?

A: No, the procedure is considered painless for most men.

Q: What type of results should I expect?

A: There is a 62% success rate meaning the patient goes from zero erections to having erections able to penetrate. Each session lasts 15 minutes once a week and over the course of six weeks.

Q: Are there any interactions with already prescribed medications or treatments?

A: According to research, as this is a non-invasive procedure, there’s no proven medical interactions. To avoid any unwanted side effects, review the criteria for the ideal candidate and talk to your healthcare specialist about your qualifications.

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