What is Electro Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) ?
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is also sometimes also referred to as impotence.
Occasional ED is not uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. However, frequent ED can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional.
How does ESWT work for ED?
One of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction is the poor flow of blood into the penis caused by unhealthy blood vessels.
By shooting multiple low-intensity shockwaves into the penis, new and healthy blood vessels develop. This is known as neo-vascularization.
Who will benefit from ESWT?
Since this treatment is specific for blood vessel problems, only people with ED due to unhealthy blood vessels will benefit. These are usually old patients (40 to 70 years old) and may have chronic diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol.
If your ED is due to other factors such as stress or side effects of medicines, then you will not benefit from this treatment.
ESWT can potentially cure patients with mild to moderate ED. For patients with severe ED, it will make them respond better to ED medicines.
What is the success rate?
Studies have shown that 76% of patients will have an improvement in their IIEF score by more than 5 points. Another study showed that 21 out of 29 patients treated had an improvement of their Erection Hardness Score from 2 to > 3.
In very severe cases of ED where the patient could not get an erection even with medicines for their ED (i.e. PDE5 inhibitors), after the ESWT treatment, 72.4% of them were able to get an erection with their medicines.
Overall, it is fair to say more than 70% of people will benefit from this treatment. Of course 70% is not a 100% and this success rate has to be balanced against the cost of the treatment.
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