The Science Behind Shockwave Therapy for ED
February 28, 2023
Shockwave Therapy for ED
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition among men over 40, affecting at least 30 million men across the U.S. It’s characterized as the inability to sustain an erection during sexual intercourse. The prevalence of erectile dysfunction increases with age and health complications. Diabetes and high blood pressure are just a few of the health conditions that decrease your ability to get and maintain an erection. In order to achieve a lasting erection, the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems all have to work together. There are medicines available to treat ED, but additional therapy might be needed.
One non-invasive treatment option available at Austin Urology Institute is Pulsewave: low-intensity shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction. High-frequency, low-intensity shockwaves penetrate the tissue and target the exact areas needed to increase blood flow. The shockwaves encourage the body to repair damaged blood vessels while stimulating the growth of new blood vessels. This process breaks down any plaque in the penile blood vessels. The end result is increased blood flow to the penis and surrounding tissue, which allows you to better achieve and maintain an erection.
Pulsewave is an easy and painless option for patients experiencing erectile dysfunction. The applicator is placed on different areas of the groin and penis, specifically where the affected blood vessels are concentrated. Beyond a slight tingling sensation, most patients don’t notice any pain. A session takes about twenty minutes, and the area heals with very little damage to human connective tissue, skin, fat, muscle and other tissues.
Not only is Pulsewave painless, but shockwave therapy is also effective. Research shows that 75% of men who were using medication for erectile dysfunction were able to reduce or fully stop taking their medicine after using Pulsewave. Shockwave therapy is also effective for upwards of two years, and promises quick results. Because shockwave therapy remodels cavernous tissue in smooth muscle cells, it’s also a beneficial option for patients with Peyronie’s Disease or a bent penis.
Dr. Shaw is one of the best urologists in Austin, and is also a leading expert in men’s sexual health. If you’re looking for more information about Pulsewave therapy or if you’re wondering whether or not you’d be a good candidate, then contact us at Austin Urology Institution to set up a consultation
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