ED is not “normal” at any age. There is no reason that getting older should prohibit an active sex life.
Men interested in better erections and sexual performance may see improvement with one of the newest treatments for ED. Shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction uses soundwaves waves to increase blood flow in the penis, so there’s no surgery, drugs, or invasive procedures.
What is Shockwave Therapy for ED?
Studies have shown that low energy shock wave therapy can improve the response to oral medicines for erectile dysfunction. It may also provide some return of spontaneous erections by increasing blood flow to the penis.
How does Shockwave Therapy for ED work?
High-frequency sound waves are applied to the penis to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and possibly break down plaque build-up in existing vessels. Low blood flow is the root cause of ED, and increasing blood flow using shockwave therapy may produce better erections and sexual performance.
Who can benefit from Shockwave Therapy for ED?
Anyone with mild to severe ED can likely benefit from shockwave therapy. This includes the nearly 50% of men that struggle with getting or maintaining an erection.
It may be a good option for men who…
- Desire a treatment to reverse the underlying cause of ED
- Are looking for a better response to the oral medicines used to treat ED
- Want a non-invasive treatment for their ED before moving on to other options
The typical treatment course is 6 treatments over 6 weeks, and 50-80% of patients will report an improvement in their erections 30 days after they have completed the full treatment cycle.
Any of our urologists can advise you on whether shockwave therapy may be right for you.
How long does Shockwave Therapy for ED last?
Individual results will vary, however, some studies have shown that a positive response can last up to two years.
What does Shockwave Therapy for ED feel like?
Prior to treatment patients will apply a numbing gel to the penis. Most patients say it feels like a light tapping or tingling sensation and do not experience pain.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
After patients apply the numbing gel and it takes effect, shockwaves will be directed to various areas around the shaft and base of the penis. Typically, treatment sessions will last about 15 to 20 minutes.
How long does treatment take and how many treatments are recommended?
Treatment is a simple in-office procedure that takes around 15 to 20 minutes to perform. The typical patient will have six treatment appointments (one treatment per week for 6 weeks).
Is Shockwave Therapy FDA Approved?
ShockWave therapy is not currently FDA approved. However, significant testing has been performed and many peer reviews prove ShockWave therapy to be effective in 80% of patients.
Is Shockwave Therapy covered by insurance?
At this time, insurance companies are not covering shockwave therapy.
How much does Shockwave Therapy for ED cost?
Each shockwave treatment is $500, and the typical patient will have six treatments.