Frequently Asked Questions
How does it help?
Blood flow is critical for a man’s erection
If relevant medication works for you then this is a good sign that shock Wave should work more permanently and without the side effects of medication.
Shock Wave – Promotes angio-genesis meaning developing of new blood vessels in the penis
which increases blood flow to the penis and hence stronger erections are achieved.
Healing of smooth muscle within the penis – within most patients with ED the smooth muscle in their penile arteries is damaged, so reducing function.
What does the treatment involve?
The Senior Consultant Mr A Wood will have a disscussion with you to determine whether you both think it is an appropriate treatment for yourself.
Additionally, if there are any other recommendations and expected result.
The shock Wave head is used on the penis and surrounding tissue for around 15 minutes.
Generally, it is normally not painful during or after treatment but patients may have different sensations.
Research and previous practice shows that 6 sessions over a 3 to 6-week period is the best protocol.
What results to expect?
In approx. 65% of cases it should improve the ability to have a spontaneous and sustained erection.
Results will vary depending on the individual.
Sometimes there are other factors that will need to be addressed and this will be supported by your practitioner or an additional referral but the treatment will still be beneficial
When do you see the results?
Some patients get results straight away but the treatment optimises over a few months.
If after 3-4 months the patient still does not experience a reasonable improvement, then other treatment will need to be considered.
Are the results permanent?
The biological effects of shock Wave therapy are permanent and have been established on a basic science level. However, Erectile Dysfunction depends on the lifestyle of patients and is usually a symptom of underlying health issues which lead to E.D.
Due to these underlying conditions, this means that the improvements after the treatment potentially might be reversed over time if the underlying conditions are not addressed.
The studies so far have only been followed up a year later but results show that the treatment is still working after one year.