Low-energy shock waves are a very effective treatment for patients with vascular erectile dysfunction (ED).
Updated European Urological Association guidelines indicate that low-energy shock waves have very beneficial effects in patients with vascular erectile dysfunction and place it as first-line treatment in ED patients.
Multiple studies have shown that low intensity shock waves significantly improve erectile function, penile erection hardness, and patient satisfaction. What are low intensity shock waves used for? Multiple studies have shown that shock waves promote revascularization, that is, the improvement of circulation in the blood vessels and produce a beneficial effect on blood circulation.
What are the effects of shock waves in patients with erectile dysfunction? Several studies have reported that patients with vascular erectile dysfunction treated with low-energy shock waves improve their erectile function and endothelial function. No patient had pain or adverse effects.
Vardi et al. In their first studies showed that these waves improve erectile function compared to placebo in men with vascular impotence. And more importantly, they found that these improved blood flow (blood input) by 140%.
In Actas Urológicas Españolas-2016, a magnificent systematic review has been presented that concludes that the referred waves improve the Erectile Function Index (IIEF) in a significant way with respect to placebo one month after finishing the treatment. This improvement is maintained at 3 and 6 months. In the same way, low intensity shock waves significantly improve the hardness of the erection.
More recently, Zhihua Lu and Tom Lue (European Urology 2019) have published a great review on the effects of shock waves. This meta-analysis shows that low intensity shock waves significantly improve the index of erectile function (IIEF), making it ideal for patients with erectile dysfunction; the hardness of the penis erection and the satisfaction of the patient.
Tom Lue, chief researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, co-author of the meta-analysis and professor of great scientific prestige, in his lectures explains that shock waves improve erectile function by stimulating the increase in stem cells and the regeneration of nerve endings. , the endothelium and the smooth muscle of the corpora cavernosa of the penis.
It is important that the shock waves are administered by an expert doctor, who knows how to apply the appropriate intensity and distribute the waves throughout the erectile tissue. These are applied directly to the penis without the need for anesthesia.