Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to achieve or sustain an erection. ED is one of the hallmarks of Peyronie’s disease, a condition characterized by the formation of segments of scar tissues under the skin of the penis.
If you get diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease, your doctor may recommend extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to address ED and the other symptoms of the condition. Shockwave therapy may be given either as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other interventional approaches, such as medications, injections, or penile stretching, for severe cases.
Nonetheless, as with any other treatment approach, a successful outcome always hinges on several factors; therefore, there are no absolutes. The bottom-line question then sets in: “What are its side effects?” Before we get to that part, let’s first find out what shockwave therapy essentially is and how it works.
What Is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a relatively novel, non-invasive treatment approach that utilizes shockwaves to break up scar tissue, increase blood flow, promote healing, and ultimately, relieve pain. ESWT has been used by medical practitioners to address various medical conditions, including those that affect the musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments), sports injuries, and urologic conditions, such as Peyronie’s disease.
The handpiece of a shockwave therapy machine produces a fast-moving projectile controlled by a compressor. This projectile is responsible for transmitting energy to the applicator to produce the shockwaves, which then pervade throughout the tissues and are then absorbed by your body.
Shockwave therapy is especially beneficial to patients who have Peyronie’s disease and/or ED. A 2019 review of clinical studies show positive initial results from shockwave therapy, with patients manifesting a remarkable improvement in erection and a good safety record.
For you to achieve and keep an erection, you have to have healthy blood flow to your penile tissues. Shockwave therapy promotes healthy blood flow by breaking up the scar tissues and by strengthening the blood vessels in your penis.
Potential Side Effects
While shockwave therapy is generally well-tolerated, it still comes with a few, minor side effects.
The following are the most common side effects of shockwave therapy when used as a treatment for ED. These are expected to subside within a few days after your treatment.
- Blood in urine
- Painful erection, especially during sexual intercourse
- Slight tingling sensation, pain, or numbness
Minimizing Side Effects
Your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation before the procedure to determine if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.
After the procedure, your doctor will advise you to refrain from sexual intercourse for the first 48 hours after the session and will teach you how to prevent swelling or discomfort in a way that won’t affect the results.
Top-Notch Men’s Health Services in Edmonds and Seattle, WA
ED is an ordeal that can have damaging effects on your self-esteem, sense of self-worth, and even relationship. You don’t have to keep struggling with an unfulfilling sex life brought about by ED or Peyronie’s disease. Schedule a consultation with any of our providers at Affirm Clinic.
Our highly-skilled, board-certified medical practitioners are committed to providing innovative treatment options for both erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease, helping you successfully restore your virility. We use an FDA-approved low-intensity focused shockwave (LISW) device that has helped dozens of our patients restore their ability to respond to their partners’ sexual needs spontaneously.
If you want to learn more about ESWT or other treatments for ED and/or Peyronie’s disease or to schedule an appointment, you may call us at 206-231-6000 or use our appointment request tool. We look forward to serving you!