Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem among men, affecting millions of men worldwide. While there are various treatments available for ED, one of the more recent options is shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy, also known as low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT), is a non-invasive treatment that uses acoustic waves to improve blood flow to the penis and promote the growth of new blood vessels.
However, the question remains: is there really a shock in using shockwave therapy to treat erectile dysfunction? In this blog post, we will explore the science behind shockwave therapy and its effectiveness in treating ED.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave therapy works by delivering acoustic waves to the penis, which stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and improve blood flow to the penis. This improved blood flow can lead to better erections and an overall improvement in sexual function.
The acoustic waves used in shockwave therapy are similar to those used in lithotripsy, a medical procedure used to break up kidney stones. However, in shockwave therapy for ED, the waves are delivered at a much lower intensity and frequency.
Is there a shock involved in shockwave therapy?
While the name “shockwave therapy” may sound intimidating, there is no actual shock involved in the treatment. Patients typically report feeling a slight tingling or pulsing sensation during the treatment, but it is not painful or uncomfortable.
The treatment itself involves using a handheld device that delivers the acoustic waves to the penis. The device is moved along the shaft of the penis, delivering the waves to different areas.
Is shockwave therapy effective for treating erectile dysfunction?
There is growing evidence that shockwave therapy can be an effective treatment for ED. A meta-analysis of several studies on shockwave therapy for ED found that the treatment improved erectile function in men with mild to moderate ED.
In addition, a randomized controlled trial of shockwave therapy for ED found that the treatment led to a significant improvement in erectile function and overall sexual satisfaction compared to a placebo treatment.
It is important to note that this treatment may not work for everyone. It is also not recommended for men with severe ED or those who have had prostate surgery.
In conclusion, while the name “shockwave therapy” may sound intimidating, there is no actual shock involved in the treatment. If you are considering shockwave therapy for ED, it is important to talk to one of our urologists at Atlas Men’s Clinic to determine if it is the right treatment for you.