A revolutionary treatment called acoustic wave therapy (approved by the FDA) has begun to treat the root cause of erectile dysfunction. A device is applied to the skin while using vibrating acoustics or pulsating waves to widen blood vessels and increase blood flow, which men need to perform better. The FDA has approved shock wave therapy as a form of treatment for some medical conditions. One use of shockwave therapy is to mitigate the effects of erectile dysfunction (ED).
Class 2 shockwave therapy devices are regulated by the FDA and cannot be used outside of a clinical trial, Dr. One of the concerns about shockwave therapy is cost. Shockwave therapy is still a procedure that is not approved by the FDA. Some of the benefits of shock wave therapy, such as improving blood flow and improving connective tissue damage, are FDA-approved indications.
However, it is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. As the technique has not yet gained FDA approval, there is no standard treatment for shockwave therapy for ED. On the bright side, shockwave therapy is different from other treatment options for ED, as it offers a possible cure for ED. Doctors may refer to shockwave therapy for ED as low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave treatment (LI-ESWT).
The trial revealed that shockwave therapy worked well to restore erectile function in men with mild to moderate vasculogenic ED. Research on the use of shock wave therapy in Peyronie's disease has shown that it can improve penile pain, but not curvature. The energy from shockwave therapy stimulates the growth of new blood vessels through a process called angiogenesis. Patients who wish to receive shockwave therapy for ED should be encouraged to seek and enroll in clinical trial opportunities.
There is a zero-point medical literature that supports the use of this type of shock wave therapy for erection problems. Studies have shown that low-energy shockwave therapy can improve the response to oral medications for erectile dysfunction. Hatzichristodoulou, who conducted the first prospective placebo-controlled study of shockwave therapy in patients with Peyronie's disease as a medical student about 17 years ago, says there are three placebo-controlled studies available worldwide on this treatment modality and all show that shockwave in Peyronie's disease is effective in treating penile pain, but it does not improve or correct the curvature of the penis. Seftel, MD, chief of urology at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ, does not offer shock wave therapy for ED or Peyronie's disease because it is considered experimental by the AUA guidelines panel and its patient population would not be able to afford treatment without coverage, he said.
Penile shockwave therapy remains experimental, as it is a relatively new therapy with no long-term data. According to a company spokesman, GAINSWave is a marketing organization that educates consumers and increases public awareness about low-intensity shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction.