There are over 30 million men between the ages of 40-65 in the U.S. that suffer from issues with erectile dysfunction. In today’s world there is certainly more open conversation about these issues than there has been in the past, however, there is still some stigma attached to the subject. With so many men suffering from the same problem, one would hope that science would be able to provide more variety of treatments.
Erectile Dysfunction can be defined as the inability to acheive a satisfactory erection to perform sexual intercourse, and 1 in 4 men deal with this at some point in their adult life. There are numerous causes that contribute to this issue:
- Medical Conditions including Heart Disease, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease
- Prescription Medications for high blood pressure, depression or allergies
- Physical Injury
- Psychological Issues
- Low Testosterone
ESWT or Extracorporeal Shock Therapy is a new technological treatment available for men who until recently could only choose between surgery and medication to help with their erectile dysfunction. This technology itself has been around for many years and been trialed in Europe for over a decade, but has just recently become available to patients in the U.S.
This treatment utilizes high frequency low intensity sound waves that can improve blood flow to the penis while repairing blood vessels,. The waves can stimulate blood vessel and nerve growth while breaking down plaque that may be causing an issue to circulation. ESWT treatments have been used in patients to clear out blocked heart vessels and break up kidney stones and is now being used as a permanent solution to ED.
The procedure is completely non-invasive, non-surgical, requires no down time and can be performed in a doctor’s office in jsut under 20 minutes per session. A gel, similar to what is used in ultrasound examinations is applied to the penis and a Pneumatic Hand Wand is moved over the entire area. There is no pain but some patients report a tingling sensation. Although it is recommended to have 5-10 treatments for ultimate results, most men report seeing and feeling a difference within hours of treatment. In fact, erections and even sex are encouraged after the procedure.
Over 75% of men who have taken ESWT treatment for their Erectile Dysfunction report that they were able to permanently go off of their medication for the same issue. Treatments have proven effective to 90% of patients who are currently on a pharmacological regimen. With the countless side effects of PDE5 medications, this new style of treatment is an attractive alternative.
Some of the benefits of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy include:
- Enhanced Erections
- Improved sexual performance
- No side effects
- Decreased down time after sex
- More spontaneous erections
- Increased girth
- Better orgasms
Erectile Dysfunction is an issue in your life, to any degree, it is time to consider this new treatment option. Contact your doctor to discuss your options and to see if ESWT is right for you.