Acoustic wave therapy is a 30-minute procedure that may encourage the growth of new blood vessels in patients with poor circulation, diabetes or prostate cancer. Some men also seek this treatment because it can increase the length and girth of the penis. The results of this treatment typically last for about a year. Shockwave therapy of the penis has not been documented to increase penile length.
However, some men undergoing penile shockwave therapy may report an increase in penis size. This may be due to increased blood flow with an erect penis and not due to a true increase in size. The current treatment to improve the length of the penis is through extensors or incision of the suspensory ligament of the penis. Cutting this ligament allows the penis to protrude more from the body, but it can also cause injury and possible penile anesthesia (numbness).
Penile injectables and fillers have been used to increase the circumference of the penis, but they have complication rates and are not recommended. P-shot is an excellent treatment option for men who are unable to achieve or maintain erections. It is also an effective therapy for those who have decreased sensitivity and pleasure during intercourse. While treatment focuses on performance, it doesn't just restore sexual function. It can also increase the length and girth of your penis.
Regardless of your personal goals for treatment, there are some unique benefits you can expect from treatment. Erections depend on healthy blood flow to the penile tissue. Shockwave therapy is favorably seen as a way to repair and strengthen the blood vessels of the penis and improve blood flow. The energy from shockwave therapy stimulates the growth of new blood vessels through a process called angiogenesis. This increases blood flow to the penis, which can improve erectile function.
Injections, pills or implants don't really address the reversal of the pathology, but low-intensity shockwaves do. To date, there have been 11 randomized controlled studies investigating the effects of penile shockwave therapy on erectile function. Therapy can be administered in a variety of ways, depending on the shockwave machine used from a portable device or a fixed emitter. Low-intensity shockwave therapy of the penis (LISWT) can and has been used to improve the response to oral medications for erectile dysfunction in clinical studies (phosphodiesterase-PDE5i inhibitors). Shockwave therapy has the potential to activate latent Schwann cells (nerve cells) within the dorsal nerve of the penis, activation of endothelial cells and improve the release of nitric oxide to improve vasodilation during erotic stimuli. Several studies have observed an increase in smooth muscle cells and a new vascular growth in the corpora cavernosa tissue following shock wave therapy.
Wave therapy is a non-invasive procedure that has been shown to improve certain types of erectile dysfunction. For the treatment of Peyronie's disease, a condition in which a fibrotic scar develops inside the penis, causing erectile dysfunction, curvature of the penis, and pain with erection, shockwave therapy of the penis has been used as a non-standard and investigational option. Overall, clinical studies have shown that shockwave therapy is effective and safe, but more research is needed to identify potential risks and the best treatment protocols for people with erectile dysfunction. Doctors may refer to shockwave therapy for ED as low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave treatment (LI-ESWT). As this technique has not yet gained FDA approval, there is no standard treatment for shockwave therapy for ED.
We suggest that both therapies represent good alternatives to PDE5i agents in the treatment of ED. The most prominent hypotheses behind shockwave therapy for treating ED stem in part from its therapeutic uses to induce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels). Shockwaves are believed to have the ability to “wake up latent stem cells in the penis”, which can lead to increased tissue growth and better erectile function. Shockwave therapy of the penis today uses a small portable device that provides small pulsating shockwaves and pressure forces to the penile tissue.