You may be familiar with shockwave therapy as a treatment for musculoskeletal conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and tendonitis. The delivery of shockwaves to the site of injury boosts the body’s healing and reduces pain. Extracorporeal occurs outside the body, which means it’s noninvasive.
The use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in treating erectile dysfunction is relatively new. However, because of the tremendous results, it has delivered to patients, it has quickly become a popular treatment among those with ED. In a study of ED caused by vascular problems, shockwave therapy was able to dramatically improve the condition. It also causes no adverse side effects.
How Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Works
Healthy and sustained erections need a sufficient blood supply. Many possible conditions can cause poor blood supply to the penis. Examples include cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Poor lifestyle choices can also lead to ED due to poor circulation or vasculogenic ED.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is carried out using a wand-like device that delivers shockwaves at a speed of 1,500 meters per second. Shockwave therapy is either high-intensity or low-intensity. High-intensity shockwaves usually involve the use of an anesthetic.
For ED treatment, low-intensity shockwaves are adequate to deliver excellent results. With time, the penis will form new blood vessels through a process called neovascularization, which aids in healthy circulation. As a result, symptoms of ED can subside.
Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LISWT)
Low-intensity shockwave therapy uses mild shockwaves administered at least once a week for six weeks. The low-intensity shockwaves treat ED at a cellular level. During the treatment, patients experience little or no discomfort. Over 95 percent of patients that receive LISWT feel no pain during the procedure.
In a study, LISWT administered to erectile dysfunction patients who do not have success with oral treatment over 12 months, report experiencing an improvement in erections during their three-month check-up.
LISWT is a good treatment for patients with mild to moderate ED. However, it is not a standalone treatment and works best as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is non-invasive, low-risk, and more affordable than other treatments. For someone suffering from ED, this is a very good option to consider since it is noninvasive.
LISWT, when combined with other treatments, can help restore normal blood flow to the penis, and reverse ED. If you are interested in this procedure, seek an ED doctor that specializes in this technique.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Edmonds, Washington
At Affirm Clinic, our ED doctors offer low-intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT) to patients with erectile dysfunction caused by vascular problems. We use linear shockwave therapy for a painless experience. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes, and our friendly and professional healthcare staff make sure you are comfortable throughout it. We work hard to ensure our patients are thrilled with the results of treatment.
If you have any questions about extracorporeal shockwave therapy or would like to make an appointment with one of our ED doctors, call Affirm clinic at (206) 231-6000 or request an appointment online now.