Shockwave Therapy For Treating Erectile Dysfunction
The first shockwave therapy in humans occurred about 35 years ago. The shockwave treatment was used to fix a delayed union and nonunion, with the success rate being over 80%. A delayed union is when a fracture heals more slowly than normal, while a non-union is when a fracture refuses to heal. After the initial application of Miracle Mile shockwave therapy in humans, over the next several years, clinical studies discovered that the treatment could be a reliable non-invasive option to treat kidney stones and various orthopedic conditions and injuries.
For instance, exposing your kidneys to the high-energy waves of shockwave therapy can break the hardened minerals, salts, and other materials in your kidneys into small pieces, which are eliminated as part of your urine.
Recently, shockwave therapy is also increasingly preferred in treating erectile dysfunction (ED). Also called impotence, erectile dysfunction is a common male sexual problem characterized by your inability to achieve and maintain an erection that delivers a satisfying sexual experience.
The National Institutes of Health reports that nearly 30 million American men have erectile dysfunction, which does not always emerge because of aging.
If you have ED and need treatment, below are a few things you need to know about shockwave therapy.
How shockwave therapy works
Your health provider often recommends shockwave therapy once medications have not provided sufficient relief against erectile dysfunction.
During the shockwave therapy, your sexual health specialist will move a particular device over the different external surfaces of your penis.
The shockwave therapy device emits energy waves that force the healing mechanism of the penis, leading to the remodeling of tissues and increased blood supply.
Remember, inside your penis is an area containing two arteries. When you get sexually aroused, the two arteries are often filled with blood, enabling you to have an erect penis for a satisfying sexual encounter.
The blood collected in the penis arteries gets released, flows to the rest of the body, and only pools in the penis again when you get sexual arousal.
Shockwave therapy lasts about 20 minutes.
The shockwave therapy sessions you need
Clinical studies show that the positive impact of shockwave therapy can last about a year as long as you undergo a series of treatments over months. You can maintain the desired results by continuing with therapy.
Within three months, you should start to witness the desirable impact of shockwave therapy for ED.
Side effects of shockwave therapy
The existing studies show that shockwave therapy often involves no side effects because it is a non-invasive procedure. Hence, you can drive home safely after treatment and resume routine activities at home or work.
If you feel mild pain, you can get relief by taking over-the-counter medications.
Since you will often experience little to no pain or discomfort, you can have sex as you continue with your treatment. That can help you gauge if there are any improvements in the ability of your penis to achieve and maintain a satisfactory erection.
Contact Joshua R. Gonzalez, MD, today to schedule an appointment with a specialist in shockwave therapy and learn more about ED treatment options.