The latest results on shockwave therapy are in. Patients frequently ask about outcomes, and what they can expect from treatment. One of the most frequently asked questions is if we guarantee results. Because we are dealing with real people, with real problems, it would be dishonest to guarantee any type of result. Most patients will respond. The earlier a patient is in the process, the more likely they are to respond. For example, if a patient is already responding to pills, but would like to stop them, they have an excellent chance of a positive result. Someone who hasn’t had an erection in decades probably won’t respond.
How does shockwave therapy compare to pills, such as Tadalafil (Cialis)?
Does shockwave therapy work as well as pills for erectile dysfunction? That is exactly the question that was raised in a recently published study. Efficacy and safety of low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy versus on-demand tadalafil for erectile dysfunction
The study compared the outcomes of patients who were treated with Tadalafil versus those who underwent therapy with shockwaves. Both groups of patients responded well, with similar results. Is shockwave therapy safe? The shockwave therapy group had significantly fewer side effects. In fact, 44% of the Tadalafil group complained of side effects, and only 8% of the shockwave group noted mild side effects.
What is the most recent protocol for treatment with shockwaves for erectile dysfunction?
The most common protocol is for patients to be treated once per week for 6 weeks. This regimen is usually associated with a 60-70% response rate. Increasing the frequency to twice per week for 6 weeks (a total of 12 treatments) does increase the success rate. A recent study which employed the twice per week regimen reported a success rate of 79%. The Effect of Low-Intensity Shock Wave Therapy on Moderate Erectile Dysfunction: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Sham-Controlled Clinical Trial
Shockwave therapy has gained widespread acceptance in medicine and is commonly utilized in multiple fields including orthopedics, cardiology, and of course, urology. Benefits include an impressive safety record, and the possibility of taking full advantage of the body’s own regenerative processes. Lab studies have demonstrated that shockwaves can help to clear blood vessels, create new blood vessels, regenerate nerves, and reduce inflammation.