Shockwave therapy uses energy from Acoustic Waves to trigger a process called neovascularization in certain parts of the body. When neovascularization occurs, new blood vessels form. This helps improve blood flow to the region.
This type of therapy has been used to help heart patients, and those with fractures and joint inflammation. Recently, scientists have investigated low-intensity shockwave therapy to help men with erectile dysfunction (ED).
Blood flow is critical to a man’s erections. When a man is sexually stimulated, arteries widen so that his penis can fill with blood. The blood is what gives the penis the firmness needed for penetration. A man who has problems with blood flow to the penis may have weaker erections or may be unable to have erections at all.
There are several types of treatments available to men with ED, including pills, vacuum erection devices, and penile injections. However, these therapies are typically conducted on an as-needed basis and may work for only one sexual encounter at a time. Shockwave therapy is different, as it targets the erectile mechanism so that men are more likely to have erections on their own.
To administer shockwave therapy, a clinician applies a probe to the penis, which is coated in a special gel. Different areas of the penis are usually targeted. Treatment sessions may last for fifteen to twenty minutes. Men usually do not need anesthesia or experience pain, although they may experience a tingling sensation in the area during treatment.
Clinical trials of shockwave therapy for ED have had encouraging results. Many men have found that their erections have improved, and they are able to have intercourse. Men with more severe ED may still need to take ED medication in addition to having shockwave therapy
Low Intensity Shock Wave Therapy for ED consists of two sessions per week for 3 weeks (6 treatments). If desired, another 3 week course can be added. Most men will respond to 6 treatments. Each session takes 15-20 minutes, and is generally well tolerated with minimal or no discomfort. So far no side effects have been reported except for possibly some bruising at the application sites.
Pricing as of October 2017
6 treatment sessions $1500
12 treatment sessions $2500
(price subject to change)