for Erectile Dysfunction
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive outpatient treatment for erectile dysfunction. The procedure stimulates tissue and encourages blood flow to the penis to aid in the healing process. And it doesn’t involve taking any pills or medications that can cause unwanted health effects.
Orthopedic doctors have used this treatment for many years to help heal bones, ligaments, and tendons. It’s even used to help wounds heal and to treat kidney stones.
LISWT is another name for shockwave therapy. It’s short for low-intensity shockwave therapy.
Is Shockwave Therapy Effective for All Cases of ED?
Shockwave therapy is helpful for ED caused by inadequate blood flow to the tissue in the penis. An erection doesn’t take place if there is inadequate blood flow. Shockwave therapy successfully fixes this problem.
The shockwave therapy repairs and strengthens the blood vessels in the penis. It even helps to grow new blood vessels. This creates improved blood flow, which leads to a healthy erection.
Shockwave therapy for ED helps men who have mild ED and who don’t want to take medication. Patients who responded poorly to medical therapies also may benefit.
There are medications that increase blood flow to the penis. But they can cause serious health problems for some men. Shockwave therapy for ED doesn’t cause any unpleasant side effects.
Unfortunately, shockwave treatment for ED doesn’t work for men who suffered nerve damage during pelvic cancer surgery. It also doesn’t help men who have ED for psychological reasons.
The Shockwave Therapy Procedure
We do shockwave therapy in our office on an outpatient basis with significant results. First, we apply a gel to the penis to help conduction of the low-intensity shockwaves.
During treatment, we move a wand-like device around different areas of the penis. It delivers mild shockwaves to targeted areas. The treatment takes about 15-20 minutes.
Almost all men find this treatment to be painless. Some notice a mild tingling sensation from the shockwaves. Patients need no anesthesia.
Is Shockwave Therapy for ED Effective?
Improvement of erectile dysfunction symptoms may last from 1 to 2 years. The results can be quite dramatic in many cases but do vary from patient to patient. Most patients experience benefits within one to three months.
Is Treatment Approved By the FDA?
The FDA has not yet approved shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction. But shockwave therapy is FDA-approved to treat other medical conditions.
That makes shockwave treatment for ED “off-label.”
The FDA approves medicines for treatment of a specific condition. The same occurs with medical treatments such as shockwave therapy. But doctors commonly prescribe FDA-approved medications to treat a different condition. This is called “off label” use.
“Off-label” use for medications and treatments is both legal and common in the United States.
Is shockwave therapy covered by insurance?
Private insurance companies and Medicare don’t currently cover the cost of shockwave therapy. But they generally cover the cost for a full ED evaluation.
What is recovery like?
You may feel tenderness in the treated area. This lasts less than a day. It will not interfere with your normal activities. If you wish, you will be able to have sex.
Dr. Mian will instruct you to avoid alcohol or tobacco products for the next 24-48 hours. He will also talk to you about any current medications you are taking.
ED shockwave therapy is a safe treatment. Usually, men can have sexual intercourse on the same day of treatment without problems from the treatment.
Safe, noninvasive, painless,
in-office procedurefor many men
suffering with erectile dysfunction