How is shockwave therapy performed?

Shockwave therapy is delivered with a rod-like device placed near different areas of the penis. The pulses activate better blood flow and remodeling of the tissues of the penis. The shock wave is an acoustic wave that carries high energy to pain points and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. Energy promotes the processes of regeneration and repair of bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

Shockwaves are characterized by sudden changes in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity. The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by the compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue. LI-ESWT for erectile dysfunction works by applying low-intensity shockwaves to the penis. A doctor uses a manual probe to administer them.

A gel is used as an interface to conduct shock pulses. Shockwave therapy or low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (LIST) is a relatively new, non-surgical, non-invasive modality used to treat erectile dysfunction. It is important to distinguish shock wave therapy from radio wave therapy, which is commonly advertised as a non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction available in both medical and non-medical facilities. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment that involves passing high-frequency acoustic waves through the skin and into muscle, bone or tissue for a therapeutic effect.

Doctors may refer to shockwave therapy for ED as low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave treatment (LI-ESWT). Penile shockwave therapy remains experimental, as it is a relatively new therapy with no long-term data.