With options limited to medications and elective surgery, men who are suffering from issues of erectile dysfunction will now have another choice of treatment to look forward to. Over 30 million men in the U.S. suffer from some level of ED and some have had limited success with available treatments leaving them with no other options. Even those that respond well to medications are subject to serious side effects, dangerous drug interactions and the ability to only have sex when it is anticipated leaving little room for any spontaneity in their sex lives.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that has enjoyed growing popularity for its remarkable results in Europe for over a decade. Using the same technology that has been used in the treatment of heart conditions and kidney stone removal, ESWT is quickly becoming a safe and effective new option for patients with ED.

The goal of the treatment is to initiate neovascularization in the penal tissue improving not only regular function but an increased level of circulation to the tissues. Pulsing acoustic sound waves act as a catalyst for nerve regeneration, blood vessel creation and the removal of plaque build up in the existing vessels.

The treatment can be performed on patients in the comfort and convenience of a doctor’s office with no need for anesthetic or follow up medications. The procedure itself involves coating the penis in an ultrasonic gel and localizing a pneumonic hand wand along the area to stimulate tissue development and repair.

This treatment has been shown in studies to be effective for up to 90% of patients that have tried it including those who have previously been unresponsive to pharmacological treatments. It is commonly reported that many men have experienced an improvement in sexual function after only one treatment lasting 20 minutes. Three-quarters of patients that had previously relied on prescription medications for ED treatment have been able to completely stop taking their pills after a full session of 5-10 treatments.

Not only is ESWT a safe and uncomplicated alternative for men suffering from erectile difficulties, it has been shown to be free from harmful side effects that are associated with medications while having the potential for long-term effects for many men. The results of over 40 studies in the past 10 years have shown that there are excellent benefits with ESWT treatments that include:

  • No need for anesthetic or follow up medications
  • No downtime – sexual activity is encouraged following treatment
  • More spontaneously occurring erections
  • Results can last up to 2 years after full treatment
  • No hospital stay
  • Enhanced erections
  • Increased sensation
  • Drug-free procedure
  • Improved performance
  • Better orgasms
  • Increases penis girth
  • Less downtime after intercourse

Medications can have serious side effects for many men without the benefit of assured results. With the risks that men can face with taking medications for one-time treatments, ESWT will be a welcome change for those that are looking for a more non-invasive solution to their erectile dysfunction issues. Patients should consult with their doctors to determine if ESWT treatment is the right option for them.

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