Shockwave therapy, GAINSWave®, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT), Radial Pressure Therapy, Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (LIECST) are all synonyms for the same thing. Read on to learn about this revolutionary treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Shockwave therapy uses pain-free, low-intensity acoustic shock waves, similar to ultrasound waves, to stimulate the creation of new microvascular blood vessels and increase blood supply to the penis. This provides many men with a pathway to optimum sexual performance through the achievement and maintenance of full, dependable erections. It is particularly effective for patients who have erectile dysfunction (ED) due to cardiovascular disease.
How is shockwave therapy administered?
Shockwave therapy is painless and no anesthesia is needed. It is administered with a wand-like device placed near different areas of the penis. A healthcare technician moves the device along parts of the penis for about 15 minutes while it emits gentle pulses. The pulses trigger improved blood flow and tissue remodeling in the penis. The average number of sessions a patient will need is twelve, but some see improvements after only six sessions and others need up to twenty-four sessions. A consultation with a specialist at Balanced Medical Solutions can help determine if this treatment is the right fit for a patient and how many sessions will be needed.
Who is a good candidate for shockwave therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is particularly effective for patients who have erectile dysfunction (ED) due to cardiovascular disease or high cholesterol. Atherosclerotic plaques form in the penis artery walls, therefore blocking blood flow and the ability to obtain or maintain an erection. It treats the real cause of a certain type of erectile dysfunction, not just the symptoms. It is also a breakthrough treatment for Peyronie’s Disease.
How effective is shockwave therapy?
Many patients see such a great improvement in their ability to get an erection that they no longer have to take ED medications after they are done with Shockwave Therapy. However, success rates vary depending on a few factors. A 2019 review and meta-analysis of clinical trials found that erectile function significantly improved with shockwave therapy. Results were best among men with vasculogenic ED. This same analysis found that the effects of shockwave therapy lasted about a year. A 2010 pilot study found that among 20 men with vasculogenic ED, all experienced improved erectile function after 6 months of shockwave treatment. Follow-up with the men found no adverse effects. (1)
How can I know if shockwave therapy is right for me?
The best treatment or therapy for ED is dependent on the underlying cause which is another important reason to get a specialized medical evaluation, like the one offered at Balanced Medical Solutions in Hayward, CA. During their initial consultation, they perform comprehensive blood tests to check hormone levels and overall health, and discuss symptoms, personal goals, and concerns with each patient. As sexual health specialists who have successfully helped thousands of patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, they can help determine the root cause of your sexual whoes and the best treatment to resolve any underlying issues or/and help you treat your symptoms.
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1 Sokolakis, I., Hatzichristodoulou, G. Clinical studies on low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Int J Impot Res 31, 177–194 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41443-019-0117-z