Pulsewave and Shockwave Therapy for Erectile dysfunction
August 12, 2020
Shockwave therapy, or PulseWave therapy as we call it, is an excellent option for men suffering for mild to moderate ED. Shockwave therapy, a.k.a. Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LIST), is a cousin of the noninvasive high intensity shockwave therapy we use to treat kidney stones. In Europe, LIST was developed and utilized in extensive clinical trials in the orthopedic and joint space, where it has been used for treatment of various disease states including plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and various muscular and joint issues. It is all based on the same principle: the waves cause micro trauma (in a good way) to the targeted tissues, which has the effect of breaking down scar and causing a local inflammatory response (good) that induces localized healing along with inducing vascularity (increased blood flow), and recruiting growth factors (good) to the targeted tissues.
In our clinic, we have the Stortz Duolith unit, which is the leading machine for treatment of ED and Peyronie’s disease. This is the same the machine that was used in the majority of scholarly articles on LIST. It delivers focused energy deep into the tissues. Competing machines such as those from GainsWave are marketing-driven. They typically use a device that has a projectile that oscillates inside a chamber to deliver acoustic waves, which are inferior to the energy delivered by the more expensive and sophisticated Stortz machine. GainsWave providers might make the same promises as our PulseWave solution, but our leading technology has been found to deliver the results.
At Austin Urology Institute, the treatment is delivered by Board Certified Surgeons. We start with a comprehensive screening of all ED and Low-T patients, including those considering ShockWave Therapy for ED. This includes a metabolic panel, looking for other causes of ED and low libido that are easily treatable, along with the Shockwave therapy. A combination approach such as this optimizes outcomes for our patients.
We also have successfully treated patients with Peyronie’s Disease with Shockwave treatment, and we combine this with Xifalex, the first FDA-approved and insurance -covered treatment for Peyronie’s Disease. With combined treatment, and even including Testosterone and Tadalafil in combination, we can optimize outcomes for Peyronie’s Disease and often avoid surgery in most patients.
Our cost for treatment is the lowest in our region, and includes a month of tadalafil at no additional cost. We also do comprehensive lab screening, which is typically covered with insurance.
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