Pulsewave – Shock Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
I know you’re immediately picturing some crazy torture method of hooking up jumper cables to the family jewels, but trust me, this is nothing like that. You’ve been watching too many action movies. First, a brief about what erectile dysfunction is.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common for many men at all ages. It affects approximately 30 million men in the U.S. Erectile dysfunction is a two-fold issue. It includes difficulty achieving an erection and/or difficulty maintaining an erection. Oftentimes, the cause is due to poor blood flow to the penis caused by a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels of the penis over time. This is a likely cause of ED in men that have cardiac disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and are older.
Traditionally, erectile dysfunction treatment options were limited to medications. But medications don’t always work and some men are not candidates to take them due to other health conditions. Additionally, it can be a hassle to take medications just at the right time and deal with the potential side effects and the ongoing cost.
Shock wave therapy treatments have been around for a long time. They’ve been used in various medical specialties to treat everything from kidney stones in the 1980s to orthopedic issues in the 1990s to cardiovascular disease in the 2000s and most recently in 2012, to treat erectile dysfunction.
A Shock to the System
Shock wave therapy is the passage of acoustic energy waves through tissues. The mechanisms that shock wave therapy promotes to treat ED are:
-Increasing vasodilation in penile tissue creating better blood flow
-Increasing anti-inflammatory effects to prevent current penile blood vessel damage
-Regenerating penile blood vessels (angiogenesis)
-Penile nerve regeneration
There can also be many different ED causes. Shock wave therapy attacks ED from multiple angles to adjust for this. Shock wave therapy treatments have been best found to work with men with mild to moderate ED and the results have been significant enough for many men who were previously taking medications for ED to no longer need them.
With 8 shock wave therapy erectile dysfunction treatments, performed discreetly, painlessly and quickly in the office a new, non-invasive, non-medication management approach to ED is here.
The Electric Truth
A new treatment, PulseWave, is changing the game of erectile dysfunction treatment options. Pulsewave is a type of shockwave treatment for ED. It’s safe, non-invasive, and drug-free. It uses low-intensity sound-wave therapy applied to different areas of the penis and surrounding areas to breakdown plaque in the blood vessels in the penis. This helps to repair the blood vessels to improve blood flow.
It is non-invasive, requires no anesthesia, no downtime, and causes minimal discomfort. Patients often describe as a “tingling” sensation, but hey, that doesn’t sound too bad.
Typically, it takes five to ten sessions performed in the office in short 20 minute sessions to see improvements. The benefits can last for up to two years. Studies have shown that up to 75% of men who were using medications for ED treatment who underwent PulseWave treatments were able to stop taking or reduce their ED meds because their sexual function had improved.
If you’re ready to ditch the pills and want to learn more about shock wave therapy treatments for erectile dysfunction, please call Austin Urology Institute at 512-694-8888 to set up a consultation with one of our providers.
Get ready for some shocking results!