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Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction and Peyronie’s Disease

Shockwave therapy is a medical treatment that has been around for many years. It is often used as a non-invasive treatment option for kidney stones and orthopedic injuries. Recently, urologists have begun using this therapy to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

Urology Associates of Southwest Ohio now offers shockwave therapy as an option for patients suffering from ED.

Shockwave therapy is typically recommended for patients who do not respond well to medication or do not want more invasive treatments. 

What is Shockwave Therapy?

The clinical term for this treatment used by urologists is low-intensity shockwave therapy (LiSWT). During the treatment, a small wand-like device uses targeted sound waves to stimulate penile tissue and encourage blood flow, which can also speed up the healing process. Low-intensity shockwaves have also been shown to grow new blood vessels and improve blood flow in the penis, which is essential for erections.

What to expect during Shockwave Therapy?

This procedure is performed in an exam room and does not require anesthesia. You do not need to prepare anything in advance for your appointment.

During the procedure, your urologist will move a wand-like device around different areas of your penis. The device emit gentle pulses that trigger increased blood flow. The entire treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes.

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.

How often do you receive Shockwave Therapy?

A course of LiSWT involves typically 6-10 treatments. Each treatment lasts approximately 10-15 minutes. Treatments are typically performed either once or twice weekly (no difference in outcomes have been demonstrated in studies performing this procedure one or twice weekly).

How long does it take for Shockwave Therapy to work?

Most people who get shockwave therapy for ED will often see benefits within one to three months. The initial results (within the first several weeks) can be dramatic.

What are the Risks of Shockwave Therapy?

You may experience some side effects, but they are rare and generally mild.

These may include:

  • pain at the site during the procedure,
  • bleeding or bruising on and around the penis,
  • blood in the urine,
  • skin infection on the penis,
  • painful erection, or
  • penile curvature that worsens.

How much does Shockwave Therapy Cost?

The initial consultation can be covered by insurance. Treatment is $100/per visit at the time of service, with no upfront payment required. 

Prices subject to change