Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy Procedure During the procedure, the urologist will move a rod-like device around different areas of the penis. Individual results will vary, however, some studies have shown that a positive response can last up to two years. The analysis found that the effects of shock wave therapy lasted about a year. Therapy can last approximately 15-30 min.
Patients often undergo 1-2 treatments per week for approx. Although no shockwave therapy protocol has been published or standardized, it is often a general rule of thumb. Some studies suggest that the results of shock wave therapy will last up to a year and maybe longer. The popular belief is that “tune-up treatments will be needed after a year to maintain improvement.
Each treatment continues your progress, which can be seen in spontaneous erections in the 24-hour period after the appointment and in the improvement of sexual performance between treatments. However, this progress is constant and offers regular improvement until the final results are achieved. Unlike some medications, this treatment does not offer instant and short-term results. Instead, it works with your body to produce lasting improvements.
This usually happens after 6 to 12 treatments. This focused shockwave machine is one of the few machines widely referenced in the sexual medicine literature and has been proven to work for the right patient. In this case, shock wave therapy when applied to the penile plate can soften the plaque to help straighten the phallus and can cause an inflammatory reaction that can break the plaque. Shockwave therapy for Peyronie's disease is still being investigated, but several well-documented and published studies have achieved excellent results with therapy to improve penile pain.
A key component of shockwave therapy is that it treats a natural condition in a way that allows for an equally natural result. Several factors can affect the time it takes for shockwave therapy to work, such as the patient's age, medical history, and the severity of erectile dysfunction (ED). Read on to learn more about how shockwave therapy works for ED, the possible risks and side effects, and where people can be treated. Shockwave therapy seems to work best for men with vasculogenic erectile dysfunction, which is a blood vessel disorder that affects blood flow to penile tissue.
These waves help increase healthy blood circulation throughout the penis, which is necessary to achieve and maintain an erection. All patients undergoing penile shockwave therapy should be aware that this therapy modality is not approved by the FDA and that the results, treatment protocols, and side effects are not fully understood. When an ultrasound wave is in contact with specific cells, mechanical vibration of the shock wave in cells can induce cell proliferation. During the 2-year follow-up, the effect of low-intensity shockwave treatment was lost in all patients with diabetes who had severe erectile dysfunction at the start of treatment.
To date, 11 randomized controlled studies have been conducted investigating the effects of penile shockwave therapy on erectile function. Some doctors may continue to offer shockwave therapy for ED, but use outside of a research setting is considered unofficial. The most prominent hypotheses behind shockwave therapy for the treatment of ED stem in part from the therapeutic uses of shockwaves to induce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels). According to several well-published studies and doctors, there have been no reported negative effects of penile shockwave therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.