Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for men dealing with erectile dysfunction. In some patients, it might cure or improve this condition. However, many important questions remain unanswered about it, including which devices or protocols are best and which patients are ideal for the treatment.
Although the FDA is yet to approve this treatment option for ED, several scientific studies seem to support the science behind shockwave therapy, and more studies continue to turn up very encouraging results. It appears to work best for men with vasculogenic erectile dysfunction. This blood vessel disorder affects blood flow to the penis tissues.
Clinically known as low-intensity shockwave therapy, it is a non-invasive treatment that has been around for years in orthopedics. It helps heal injured tendons, injured ligaments, and broken bones. It can also hasten wound healing. The treatment uses targeted high-energy sound waves to quicken cell growth and tissue repair.
To maintain an erection, one needs to have healthy blood flow to the penile tissue. Experts see this form of treatment as a safe and effective way of strengthening and repairing blood vessels. This helps improve blood flow, which is the same goal for many traditional ED treatments. These include Viagra, oral medications, and Cialis.
Doctors administer the treatment using a wand-like device. They place it near several areas of a patient’s penis. They move this device, which emits gentle pulses along different parts of the penis for about 15 minutes. One of the benefits of this treatment option for ED is that it does not require anesthesia.
The pulses trigger tissue remodeling and improved blood flow in the penis, which can lead to sufficient erections. Currently, there is no recommendation for treatment frequency or period. According to a 2019 meta-analysis and review of clinical trials, the most common treatment plan involved two treatments weekly for three weeks, followed by three treatment-free weeks, and another three weeks of two treatments daily.
For most men, shockwave therapy is painless. Based on available research, there are few if any side effects of this ED treatment. However, this does not mean that it is completely safe. Before undergoing this form of treatment, you need to remember that it is a relatively new erectile dysfunction therapy. Scientists need to conduct more research to determine its side effects, long-term effectiveness, and complications.
Every man knows that occasional incidents of ED are normal. Alcohol use, stress, temporary hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and other factors can make it hard to maintain an erection. When the problem becomes too frequent, however, you need to visit your doctor. He or she will tell you whether shockwave therapy is a good option for you.
Are you considering undergoing this type of treatment for your ED? If you are, remember it is still an experimental treatment option. Your doctor may not want you to use it until research conclusively confirms its effectiveness and safety.
To learn more about shockwave therapy, visit Boca Raton Laser Lipo at our offices in Boca Raton, Florida. You can also call (561) 448-6613 today to schedule an appointment.