Shockwave therapy is an alternative, non-invasive treatment for Erectile Dysfunction. It is a fairly recent technique that has emerged over the last decade. Practitioners may refer to shockwave therapy for Erectile Dysfunction as low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave treatment (LI-ESWT).
Erectile dysfunction is common in men, and it is also usually a quick and simple process to identify and treat the problem for the compassionate team at London Andrology.
We offer low intensity shockwave therapy treatments for erectile dysfunction and it's aim is to aid you in your journey of improving your sexual health and feeling more like yourself.
Low intensity shockwave therapy is one of the most cutting-edge techniques currently being used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction by stimulating blood flow to the penis.
LI-ESWT for erectile dysfunction works by applying low-intensity shock waves to the penis. A practitioner uses a handheld probe to administer these. A gel is used as an interface to conduct the shock pulses.
People do not usually need an anaesthetic, but they may experience a tingling sensation in the treatment area.
A practitioner will apply a set amount of shocks per minute, for a fixed amount of time. A session may last 15–20 minutes, and people may require repeat treatments.
The energy from shock wave therapy stimulates new blood vessel growth through a process called angiogenesis. This increases penile blood flow, which may improve erectile function.
Once the treatment is complete, you will be able to return home. You should be able to safely drive yourself home. If you experience pain, your doctor will recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief. Most people can return to normal activity the following day after shockwave therapy, but your urologist will discuss whether you should restrict your activity for longer to recover.