Mend and Maintain With Focused Shockwave Therapy
Millions of American men experience erectile dysfunction. For some, it’s random and occasional, likely due to overuse of alcohol/drugs or excess stress. For most, it’s chronic and due to poor vascular health. Healthy, robust blood vessels and blood flow are crucial to achieving and maintaining an erection. ED robs us of physical intimacy with our partners and strains our most important relationships. If you suffer from chronic ED, you have options, one demonstrably better than the rest.
Alternatives to Shockwave Therapy
The best-known options for improving blood flow are limited and offer temporary relief:
- Pills such as Viagra are easy. Pop one in your mouth and swallow. Now that Viagra’s patent has expired, the cost for a generic pill is affordable for most. Pills, while convenient, have a host of side effects, don’t mend or heal the real problem, and only work for about half the men who take them. Even when it works, it becomes less effective over time, leading most men to experience a worsening of their erections. Data indicate that roughly 50% of men who take PDE5 inhibitors stop taking it within a year because of unpleasant side effects or reduced effectiveness, and many have some degree of dissatisfaction with these pills. It’s a great business model for the drug companies, but not so much for the patient. Do you really want to be dependent on having to ingest a pharmaceutical, with significant side effects, every time you want to have sex?
- Injections include the same risk issues as pills except you get to poke a needle into your penis every time you want to have sex. The instructions for safely giving yourself an injection require a 4-page booklet. Injections take time to prepare so the idea of spontaneity is gone. And you still have to poke a needle into your penis every time you want to have sex.
- Penis implant. Go to YouTube and search "penis/penile implant." Watch one or two of them. Imagine having that done to your penis. View the videos of how to achieve an erection using the implanted device. Invasive surgery increases the risk of complications and infection, and requires a long recovery.
Focused Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy
We want to introduce you to focused low-intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT). LISWT is a newer (in the U.S.) proven treatment that works at the cellular level to promote healthy, robust blood flow and nerve regeneration. Shockwave activates your body’s natural healing process, resulting in new blood vessel growth. Affirm Clinic uses focused linear shockwave. Focused shockwave is superior to radial wave in correcting erectile dysfunction. Unlike radial acoustic waves, which produce the highest energy on the skin, focused shockwaves release the highest energy at the focal point within the tissue. Radial treatment can be painful enough to require a topical anesthesia; focused shockwave is virtually painless with no need for numbing cream.
Nearly all clinical trials to date have used focused or linear focused shockwave devices. Focused devices produce actual shockwaves. Shockwaves occur at a speed of 1,500 meters/second. Radial devices produce waves that move at 20 meters/second, much slower than the speed of sound. Radial “extracorporeal shock wave therapy” is a misnomer; it is considered a pressure wave technology as it does not produce a shockwave.
There are no side effects and no pain with focused shockwave; a tingling sensation is felt by the occasional patient. A treatment session takes less than 30 minutes in and out the door. It’s an outpatient procedure so you’re able to return to your daily routine without skipping a beat. Most patients need several treatments scheduled over 3 to 6 weeks.
Opening restricted blood vessel
Will it Work for Me?
Generally speaking, focused shockwave should work for you. Like any medical treatment, a successful outcome is reliant on several variables and there are no absolutes. It would be irresponsible to claim it works for any specific individual. With that disclaimer in mind, focused shockwave has become the standard for ED treatment in Europe, Asia, Canada, and other medically advanced countries because it works.
Read more about a study using focused low-intensity shockwave therapy to treat ED.
What Else Is Shockwave Therapy Used for?
Shockwave is FDA-approved for lithotripsy, clearing clogged arteries and blood vessels (www.shockwavemedical.com - publicly traded company), diabetic foot ulcers (www.sanuwave.com, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2673132), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and plantar fasciitis. Originally developed to treat kidney stones and gallstones, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has been used for more than two decades to treat an increasing number of musculoskeletal conditions, such as tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendinitis, patellar tendinopathy, achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, and bony nonunions. ESWT is thought to induce tissue regeneration and neovascularization, induce pain relief via hyperstimulation analgesia, and in the case of tendinopathies, disintegrate calcified deposits.
Contact Our Office for ED Treatments in Edmonds & Seattle, WA
To schedule an appointment at our Edmond, Washington office, call Affirm Clinic today at (206) 231-6000 or complete our convenient online request form and we will promptly contact you to arrange your visit.