Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a quick and painless non-surgical treatment that can help to address a variety of conditions, including erectile dysfunction (ED) and Peyronie’s disease. This special type of extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a highly effective treatment that works by delivering pulses of energy that are targeted to specific damaged tissues, via a device outside of the body.
This treatment aims to activate the body’s natural healing processes, including facilitating circulation and nerve regeneration. The procedure is safe and painless, and it can typically be performed in only 15-20 minutes per session.
How Does Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Work?
Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy has specifically been found to effectively treat erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease by stimulating the body’s natural ability to create new blood vessels, foster healing of the nerves, and improve microcirculation.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to regularly achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough for sex. The condition can be caused by a number of physical issues, and shockwave therapy can target and resolve these issues by fostering proper blood flow.
Peyronie’s disease is a condition where scar tissue, known as plaque, develops inside the penis and causes it to develop a curve, which can result in painful erections. A majority of men with Peyronie’s disease can still have sex, but it might be painful and can thereby cause erectile dysfunction.
Shockwave therapy has been shown to reduce pain in men who have Peyronie’s disease, but it does not address the curved shape. Because it indeed addresses the pain, it can help to resolve the resultant ED.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is administered by a physician via a wand-like device that is placed near different areas of the penis. A predetermined number of mild shockwaves per minute is then administered to targeted areas of the penis for a fixed amount of time.
When focused low-intensity shockwave therapy is used, the shockwaves interact with the targeted deep and damaged tissues. The procedure triggers a number of natural biological reactions which in turn improve blood supply to the area and stimulate cell regeneration.
Are There Any Side Effects to Shockwave Therapy?
Side effects associated with extracorporeal shockwave therapy are rare, and when they do occur they are usually temporary. They can include:
- Skin infection
- Pain during erections
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Edmonds, WA
If you have Peyronie’s disease or erectile dysfunction, you may be a good candidate for extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Here at Affirm Clinic, we specialize in performing nonsurgical low-intensity focused shockwave therapy to effectively treat men who suffer from erectile dysfunction or Peyronie’s disease.
If you have any questions or would like to find out whether extracorporeal shockwave therapy may work in your case, contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment – call us at (206) 231-6000 or fill out our convenient online appointment request form now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.