Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has recently come to the U.S. after a very successful decade of use by European Urologists. It has enjoyed widespread success with a variety of patients looking for a long-term solution to their issues with erectile dysfunction.
Over 3 million men in the U.S alone are reported to struggle with ED issues of some level and the numbers seem to be growing. Younger men are now being treated for this issues that used to only be associated with growing older. Some studies suggest that a much busier lifestyle with endless stresses, poor diet and even pollution in urban areas are known contributing factors to the increase of cases in the past twenty years.
The more common causes such as Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and andropause are among the issues being dealt with by patients who have received ESWT treatments. The attractiveness of this new option for ED are overwhelming:
- No invasive surgery is required
- No anesthetic or follow up medication
- Safe for Diabetic patients
- Can be done in an office setting not a hospital
- Procedure only takes 20 minutes
- Results can be seen after only one treatment
- No harmful side effects
Pharmaceutical options for treatment of erectile dysfunction can not only be costly and inconvenient, but also come with the risk of dangerous side effects. Some patients who have other medical issues such as high blood pressure or diabetic issues are often not able to take these medications because of the health risks.
In over 40 studies over the past 15 years, men of every age range, medical histories, Diabetic status and involvement in other treatments have found that 90% of patients have responded to the ESWT treatments with no side effects. Because ESWT uses high frequency, low intensity sound waves to stimulate blood vessel growth and the breakup of plaque in the vessels it can be considered a safe option for most patients.
The numbers don’t lie. In 75% of treatment cases men have reported being able to give up their medications after full treatment. In cases where patients have been unresponsive to pharmaceutical options in the past, a reported 72% have seen positive results. For Diabetics that may have had no treatment options in the past, studies report that 2 of 3 men have had success with ESWT.
The procedure can be done in a doctor’s office with no surgery or hospital visit and each treatment only takes about 20 minutes. There is no down time after the procedure and sexual activity is actually encouraged following treatment. The recommended treatment depends on the patient; however 5-10 treatment sessions are ideal for long lasting results.
Many men struggle to find the ED treatment that is right for them. Every patient has a different medical history that can sometimes make finding the right option difficult. ESWT has proven to be an exciting new therapy for many patients that may have thought that they had run out of options. Speak to your Urologist about the benefits that may be waiting for you with ESWT treatments.