Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects a significant number of men worldwide. The condition refers to the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. There are many treatment options for ED, including medication, surgery, and therapy. Shockwave therapy is an emerging treatment for ED that has gained popularity in recent years. In this blog post, we will explore the type of ED that is best for shockwave therapy.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment for ED that uses low-intensity shockwaves to improve blood flow to the penis. The procedure involves applying a probe to the penis and delivering shockwaves to the affected area. The shockwaves stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and improve blood flow, which can help to restore erectile function.
Type of ED Best for Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is best suited for men with mild to moderate ED. Shockwave therapy is not recommended for men with severe ED or those who have undergone prostate surgery. Men with Peyronie's disease or curvature of the penis may also be suitable candidates for shockwave therapy.
Mild to Moderate ED
Shockwave therapy is most effective in men with mild to moderate ED. Men with mild ED may experience occasional difficulty achieving an erection, while men with moderate ED may experience consistent difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. Shockwave therapy has been shown to improve erectile function in men with mild to moderate ED, with some studies reporting success rates of up to 85%.
Non-Responsive to Medication
Shockwave therapy is a good option for men who have not responded to other treatment options such as medication or who wish to supplement their prescription regimen. Men who have tried medications such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra and have not seen improvement in their erectile function may benefit from shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive and painless procedure that does not require any medication, making it a safe and effective alternative for men who are unable to tolerate or have contraindications to medication.
Not Suitable for Severe ED or Prostate Surgery
Shockwave therapy is not recommended for men with severe ED or those who have undergone prostate surgery. Men with severe ED may have significant damage to the penile tissue, making it difficult for shockwave therapy to improve blood flow to the penis. Similarly, men who have undergone prostate surgery may have damage to the nerves and blood vessels that supply the penis, making them unsuitable candidates for shockwave therapy.
Peyronie's disease is a condition characterized by the development of scar tissue in the penis, causing it to curve or bend during an erection. In some cases, shockwave therapy may be used in combination with other treatments such as surgery or medication to improve erectile function in men with Peyronie's disease.
Shockwave therapy is an emerging treatment for ED that has shown promising results in men with mild to moderate ED. The treatment is non-invasive, painless, and does not require any medication, making it a safe and effective alternative for men who are unable to tolerate or have contraindications to medication. If you are considering shockwave therapy for ED, schedule an appointment with one of the Atlas Men's Clinic providers today.