What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a medical procedure that uses acoustic sound waves for a number of health issues. It’s been used to break up kidney stones, help heal fractures, and ease pain from joint inflammation. More recently, it’s been used to treat erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse. It may occur from time to time and tends to happen more frequently as men get older. However, if erectile dysfunction happens on a regular basis, it’s something that may require treatment. Common causes of ED include stress, poor blood flow and circulation, preexisting health conditions like diabetes or heart disease, and/or heavy drinking or drug use.
What is Peyronie’s disease?
Like ED, Peyronie’s disease makes it difficult for men to have a healthy, active sex life. Peyronie’s disease presents itself as an unnatural bend in the penis that makes it difficult or impossible to have sex. This bend is caused by the build up of fibrous scar tissue in the penis, which may have been caused by an injury. The exact cause(s) of Peyronie’s disease is not known. It’s not uncommon for ED to occur along with Peyronie’s disease.
How does shockwave therapy treat erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease?
Shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction
The low-intensity acoustic sound waves used in shockwave therapy to destroy micro-plaque in the penis’s blood vessels. Micro-plaque builds up over time and clogs blood vessels. Because blood flow is the key to getting and keeping an erection, the micro-plaque makes it difficult to achieve an erection long enough for sex. These sound waves also break down older and weaker blood vessels, which are then repaired by the body naturally. The end result is a longer-lasting and stronger erection.
Shockwave therapy for Peyronie’s disease
Just as the sound waves break up micro-plaque in cases of ED, they also can break down the fibrous scar tissue that caused the penis to bend in the first place. Shockwave therapy for Peyronie’s disease also encourages the natural growth and repair of blood vessels while taking out any blockages. It does more than just straighten out the penis — it also strengthens erections.
What are the benefits of shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy does not require surgery or any painkillers commonly used when undergoing surgery. It’s also done discreetly in a doctor’s office in a session that takes less than an hour. Once the session is over, patients are able to go home without recovery.
For men who are unable to take medications for their erectile dysfunction, like Cialis or Viagra, shockwave therapy is a great alternative treatment option. Many patients who were taking these medications before undergoing shockwave therapy are able to stop taking those drugs and experiencing their side effects.
Shockwave therapy is incredibly effective, with a success rate of over 75% when it comes to treating erectile dysfunction.
What are the risks of shockwave therapy?
There are no risks to undergoing shockwave therapy. It is a painless procedure that lasts 15 to 20 minutes, and anesthesia is rarely needed. You may experience a tingling sensation in your penis that will go away after a little while after a session of shockwave therapy.
Where can I go to receive shockwave therapy in the Estero, Florida, area?
PhysioMD Men’s Health performs shockwave therapy for men suffering from erectile dysfunction and/or Peyronie’s disease. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with us to see if shockwave therapy is the right treatment option for you.