PENILE SHOCKWAVE THERAPY
This is a completely new treatment for erectile dysfunction. It has been used in Israel for a number of years and data from the trials there have now been published, and these have shown very encouraging results. Further information can be obtained from the website of the company responsible for marketing this treatment in the UK - http://emedd-tech.com/ed-for-patients.php
It is only available privately at present and only in a few centres within the UK
The trials indicate it works best for those patients with vasculogenic ED i.e. related to medical conditions such as peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and others where the blood vessels supplying and flowing through the penis are damaged or narrowed.
Until now, there has been no curative method of treatment which will naturally improve and increase blood flow. Erectile Dysfunction Shockwave Therapy (EDSWT) is now available and is the only technique that attempts to treats the root cause of the problem through the creation of new blood vessels.
EDSWT does not involve the use of any pharmaceuticals, and it causes no side effects and does not affect other organs & healthy tissue. It is non-invasive and requires no sedation or anaesthesia.
How Does it Work?
The treatment uses pulsed sound waves which are applied to the treatment area using a machine called the ED 1000. This leads to the creation of new blood vessels which greatly increases blood flow. The treatment is painless and is done over a period of 9 weeks with each treatment taking about 20 minutes.
The treatment creates vascular growth factors, and these lead to the growth of new blood vessels (known as angiogenesis, leading to neovascularisation).
Clinical data shows that 3 out of 4 patients with vasculogenic ED will benefit from the treatment. The treatment is relatively new and there is good data to support it with longer term data being generated all the time. In clinical trials, EDSWT has shown significant long term effectiveness after a one year follow up period. These results are confirmed by a double blinded placebo controlled study.
For patients currently being treated with medication (Viagra, etc), there are two distinct groups who can benefit:
- Those who respond to Viagra; after treatment with EDSWT about 50% of this group will no longer need medication, and a further 25% will only need it occasionally
- For chronic patients who do not respond to their medication, after EDSWT treatment 70% of this group will go on to respond to their medication.
For patients who are excluded from using pharmaceutical treatments (due to medical history or side effects), EDSWT offers an alternative and hope.
The view of the ED clinic is that although this treatment is almost certainly completely safe, it is relatively new and it may take some years before we truly know how well it works and in which patient groups it should be used.
In Swindon we have treated over 40 patients so far. Alt least two thirds notice an improvement, half of these a good improvement and these are very pleased with the results. This is feedback from one of our recent patients;
promised, I am reporting back with respect to the longer term efficacy of the
treatment I received before Christmas. The results
are good and there is a definite significant enhancement of performance. I am
very pleased I had the treatment and would recommend it to others. There have
been no adverse side effects."
However it must be appreciated that for about a third there is no improvement - for fairness i have also included feedback from a patient in whom the treatment did not work "Hope you
are well, I just wanted to thank you for the consultations and the treatment
you provided. I’ve left
it a few weeks in the hope that the full benefit of the treatment would be
maximised-hope that makes sense. Unfortunately
I would say that any improvement has probably been minimal but certainly worth
giving it a try. I can also report that the daily dosage of Cialis
(5mg) works well and is a good
confidence boost for me, so perhaps this is the way forward. I apologise
for not being able to give you a more positive report. I hope you will not mind
me contacting you again in the future should there be any further