Sounds painful, but shockwave therapy may be an effective treatment for men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction (ED), according to a small study showcased at the European Society for Sexual Medicine.
Committed wave, generated by a special machine, an established procedure of dissolving kidney stones. In patients with heart disease, shockwave therapy becomes used to grow blood vessels.
“If therapy can work in small vessels of the heart, we felt that it could work on the penis because the majority of patients with Erectile Dysfunction with vascular (blood vessel) problems,” said Dr. Yoram VARDI, the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel.
VARDI and colleagues tested their low-intensity shockwave protocol in 20 men with mild or moderate ED caused by reduced blood flow to the penis.
How the study was conducted
All men have a three-week course of two weekly treatment sessions and a second round shaped shockwave therapy starting three weeks later. In each session of treatment, low energy shockwave therapy can be applied to different areas of the penis for a few minutes.
Erectile function, assessed at the time of enrollment and four weeks after the end of treatment, significantly increased in 15 of the men, the VARDI and colleagues found.
Have side effects related to treatment.
Although not shown in the meeting, during the six-month follow-up data showed that 12 of 15 patients improved significantly with treatment said they do not have to use Viagra or a similar agent to treat their Erectile Dysfunction .
While drugs like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are “highly effective in treating ED, they only provide functional improvement,” said VARDI. Shockwave therapy “could potentially be useful in most ED patients,” the researchers said. – (Reuters Health, November 2009)