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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED, or “impotence”, is a common problem for men of all ages.

An Effective Solution for Erectile Dysfunction Through Regenerative Medicine

Shockwave therapy has been widely used in orthopedic medicine to regenerate tissue. This same therapy can be applied to treat men with erectile dysfunction.

Alternative treatments for erectile dysfunction, such as pills or injections, lose effectiveness over time and have to be used every time a man wants to engage in sexual activity. Our treatment is about regenerative medicine – helping men return to their younger, healthier selves, and enabling a spontaneous, active sex life.

An Effective Solution for Erectile Dysfunction Through Regenerative Medicine

The shockwaves create micro trauma to the tissue, stimulating the body’s natural healing response. As the body heals, blood flow is increased and growth factors create new blood vessels to the treated area.

In some cases, shockwave therapy may be combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma), which adds a high concentration of growth factors to work synergistically together.

Using Shockwave Therapy to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Over the past 10 to 15 years, shockwave therapy had emerged as one of the leading choice therapy in the treatment of many orthopedic disorders. Shockwave therapy has subsequently been used in the treatment of many other fields including vascular medicine and urology. An article appearing in Therapeutic Advances in Urology (2013: 5 (2) 95-99) detailed the results of studies showing the effects of low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT) as a novel treatment for erectile dysfunction.

What are Shockwaves?
Shockwaves (SWs) are acoustic waves (vibrations) that carry energy. These vibrations can travel through skin to an anatomical region to target a specific area. When the low intensity shockwaves are applied to an organ, they cause mechanical stress or micro trauma, which in turn, induces a healing response and improvement of blood supply.

Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
Until the introduction of shockwave therapy, all existing treatment options for erectile dysfunction are palliative in nature. This means that instead of correcting the underlying problem, existing treatments only treat symptoms on an episodic basis. Common treatments for erectile dysfunction are phosphodiesterase inhibitors (Viagra, Levitra, Staxyn, Cialis, and STENDRA), injections and/or suppositories, and vacuum compression.

Progressive Men’s Health has established a non-surgical protocol for treating erectile dysfunction with shockwave therapy and in some cases, combining it with PRP (platelet rich plasma). The therapies have shown excellent outcomes with little or no side effects and long lasting results. Shockwave therapy has also shown to be a successful treatment option for Peyronie’s disease.

Shockwave Therapy for Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s (pay-roe-NEEZ) disease causes a significant bend in the penis, often accompanied by a painful erection. Many men have a curved erection, which isn’t necessarily cause for concern. Peyronie’s disease, however, is caused by fibrous scar tissue, which impacts the curvature of the penis and can lead to erectile dysfunction.

Shockwave therapy has proven effective in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease. Using low intensity shockwaves, along with the injection of platelet rich plasma in a fibrin matrix (Selphyl), we have been able to introduce straightening of the erection along with improved elasticity of connective tissue.

Is it safe?
Yes. This is an FDA cleared technology, originally developed in Europe and used worldwide. The EPAT® (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment) device we use is state-of-the-art and has extensive applications including orthopedic medicine, urology, anti-aging treatments and wound healing. When performed by a qualified physician, EPAT has virtually no risks or side effects.

What are the possible side effects/ complications?
There are virtually no risks or side effects to EPAT, however, in limited cases, patients have reported minor discomfort which may continue for a few days.